Police: York City robbery suspect arrested after chase

Willie Wade

A man wanted in a York City robbery was arrested after he attempted to flee from a police stop on foot, only to fall at the top of a hill near York College, according to police.

West Manchester Township Police say Willie Wade III fled on Aug. 27 after police tried to pull him over for a broken taillight. 

Wade, of the 100 block of Butler Street, is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, driving without a license and flight to avoid apprehension. 

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Fled: Charging documents state that Officer Adam Jordan spotted Wade driving at the intersection of South Richland Avenue and West College Avenue around 11:40 p.m. Aug. 27.

Jordan wrote in charging documents that Wade's taillight wasn't working, so the officer followed him.

Wade turned onto Kings Mill Road from South Richland Avenue, and Jordan turned on his emergency lights to pull him over, but Wade did not stop, police said.

Jordan turned on his siren, causing Wade to accelerate east on Kings Mill Road, court documents state.

Jordan stopped following but kept watching Wade from a distance, according to police, who said Wade crossed Grantley Road, went airborne and bottomed out.

Wade got out of the car and ran south toward York College, and Jordan followed him as Wade ran up a grass and dirt hill, officials said. Wade reached the top of the hill and then fell down the back side of it, according to officials.

Police said he tried crawling into a grass patch to hide, but Jordan found him and arrested him.

Talked to police: Wade told Jordan that he had an "anxiety attack" when he saw the lights go on behind him, and he was trying to get the car home to allow the mother of his child to use it, police said. 

Wade said he ran because he didn't have a license, officials said.

Jordan found that Wade was wanted for robbery, which he wrote was "more than likely why Wade ran."

Jordan looked at the crash scene and determined that Wade lost control just after crossing Grantley Road and traveled off the north side of Kings Mill Road, court documents state.

Police say he struck a telephone pole and completely sheered it off. 

Wade complained of foot, hip, back and neck pain, and he was taken to to York Hospital for examination, documents state.

Robbery: At the time of the crash, York City police had a warrant for Wade on a robbery charge.

Court documents state the two victims left a corner store at South Queen and East South streets about 2:40 p.m. July 15. 

They were heading north on South Queen Street and got to the intersection of East Church Avenue when a man, later identified as Donjay Ehrhart, 18, approached them, police said.

Ehrhart displayed a revolver in his waistband and demanded the two go into an alley, court documents state. Police say the two victims refused.

Wade then approached them and asked them where the money was and began counting down from three, according to authorities. 

He counted down to one and the victims still didn't give them their money, so Wade struck one of the victims in the face, police said. Ehrhart then began fighting the two victims as well, according to officials.

Eventually both Wade and Ehrhart fled south on South Queen Street, then they got into a vehicle and left the area, court documents state.

Police said the victims did not know Wade or Ehrhart.

The robbery charge was filed on Aug. 11. 

Wade was arraigned on the charges on Aug. 28 and was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $65,000 bail. He posted the bail Thursday, Sept. 6, according to prison records.

Ehrhart remains in York county Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Wade does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing for robbery charges is scheduled for Sept. 20 at District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr.'s office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.