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Four charged after chase that ended in Rocky Ridge County Park
Four are charged after police say they were involved in a chase in Springettsbury Township on July 4.
State police say that Kier Kyleel Phinn, 19, was driving a silver Hyundai sedan with Sophie Roberta Sias, 18, Evonion Jaquinn Banks, 22, and Mackenzi Taylor Petrie, 18, when he led a trooper on a chase in the middle of the day.
The four also threw things out of their vehicle before eventually ending the chase in Rocky Ridge County Park, charging documents allege.
Chase: Phinn was spotted by a trooper speeding on Route 30 westbound near the Pleasant Acres Road bridge in Springettsbury Township just before 2:30 p.m., according to police.
Charging documents state he was going 75 mph in a 55 mph zone.
The trooper turned his lights and sirens on to pull Phinn over, but he continued on Route 30 westbound and exited at Mount Zion Road, officials said.
He turned right onto Mount Zion Road, then went through a red light at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road, court documents state. He was going 70 to 75 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to police.
Police also say Phinn passed a vehicle by going over the double yellow line just before Deininger Road. He then turned onto Deininger Road and into the area of Rocky Ridge County Park, court documents state.
Items, including a black backpack, were discarded from both sides of the vehicle near the entrance of the park, officials said. Police chased the vehicle until they reached a dead-end in the park's parking area, according to authorities.
Police say during the duration of the pursuit, Phinn drove through heavily populated areas with moderate traffic and pedestrian activity.
At the dead end, Phinn tried moving his car back and forth to evade state police, but he stopped the car once the trooper drew his gun and ordered him to stop, police said.
A park ranger and multiple troopers arrived on the scene to help the trooper detain the driver and the passengers, according to officials.
Searched: Police found rubber balloons, commonly used for drug packaging, in Phinn's right pocket, documents state.
Authorities also recovered the backpack that was thrown out the window and found a revolver and 11 .22-caliber rounds inside, officials said.
Troopers found a portable scale, a glass pipe and three cellphones inside the car, according to police.
Inside the car near Petrie's seat officials found a purse that had a portable scale, a phone, a bag with Ziploc bags in it, a smoking pipe and blunt-style cigars, which Petrie admitted all belonged to her, officials said.
All four of them refused to take any responsibility or take ownership of the other items found in the vehicle, court documents state. Sias admitted to throwing the backpack out the window, but she told police it wasn't hers and said she only threw it because Phinn asked her to, according to police.
Phinn's driver's license was suspended, police said, and he had bloodshot and glassy eyes. Phinn also had sluggish speech and he admitted he smoked marijuana the night before, charging documents state.
Police say there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle.
Phinn refused to provide a blood test, and he was taken to the county's central booking unit, where authorities also found that he had ecstasy on him, according to police.
Petrie told officials that she had marijuana hidden in her undergarments, court documents state. Additionally, at the time of her arrest she was found with $115 on her, according to officials.
Officials found the backpack but were unable to locate the second item, which police say was thrown in a heavily wooded area.
Charges: Phinn, of the 400 block of West Philadelphia Street, is charged with possession of drugs with intent to deliver, flight to avoid apprehension, carrying a firearm without a license, tampering with evidence, recklessly endangering another person, fleeing or attempting to elude officers, disorderly conduct and multiple summary traffic offenses.
Banks, of the 500 block of South Queen Street, York City, is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence and drug paraphernalia.
Petrie, of the 100 block of East Beaver Street, Hallam, is charged with drug possession with intent to deliver, contraband, carrying a firearm without a license, tampering with evidence and drug charges.
Sias, of the 3000 block of Brisban Street, Harrisburg, is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence.
According to online court records, Banks and Petrie are in York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. Phinn remains there in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Sias posted $20,000 bail on Thursday, July 5, according to online court records. A voice mail seeking comment was not immediately returned Wednesday, July 11.
None of the four has and attorney listed. Banks has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday, July 19, and the other three have their hearings scheduled for July 25.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.