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Police: Fleeing drug dealer nearly struck York County deputy

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

An accused drug dealer rammed two police vehicles and a parked car in York City to avoid being arrested, then fled in his car until crashing into a fourth vehicle, according to police allegations.

Quentus Maurice Hart nearly pinned York County Sheriff's Deputy Cody Myers between the two police vehicles, charging documents state. Myers avoided injury, according to police.

Hart, 28, of Stevens Drive in Hallam, remains in York County Prison on $100,000 bail, charged with three counts of drug possession with intent to deliver; one count each of aggravated assault and fleeing or attempting to elude police; and four various summary counts for causing a crash.

Quentus Maurice Hart

The encounter started about 5:20 p.m. Monday, July 30, in the 200 block of East College Avenue, according to charging documents filed by York City Police.

York City officers and members of the York County Drug Task Force tried to stop Hart, who was driving a gray Ford Fusion and wanted for a felony drug offense, according to documents.

A York City cruiser pulled in front of Hart's car while Myers, in a county vehicle, pulled behind it, police said.

Hart responded by putting his car in reverse and crashing into the county vehicle — nearly hitting Myers in the process and nearly pinning him between the two vehicles, charging documents allege.

Hart then drove forward and rammed the passenger side of the city cruiser, documents state.

At that point Hart drove onto the sidewalk on the north side of the road and hit a parked vehicle before taking off "at a high rate of speed through busy city streets," charging documents state.

Officers chased him to the 200 block of Springettsbury Avenue, where Hart lost control of the westbound Fusion and crashed into a fourth vehicle, documents state.

Police said the occupants of the Fusion, including Hart, fled on foot.

Hart was captured a short distance from where he crashed and was arrested, according to police.

Police found what they believe to be heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine in his car, documents state; the suspected drugs were sent for testing.

Hart later confessed to driving the car that fled from police, possessing the drugs and selling some of the drugs, court documents allege.

Court records don't list an attorney for Hart.

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