Police: Trooper shoots at fleeing suspect on Route 30
A state police trooper shot a vehicle as a man struck the trooper's cruiser during a chase on Route 30 in York County early Tuesday morning, according to authorities.
Christian Dwayne Hill, 25, led troopers on a chase starting in Hellam Township and ended up ramming the driver's side of a police cruiser as a trooper was trying to get out of the cruiser near North George Street, state police said in a news release.
That trooper then fired at Hill's Jeep Cherokee, which took off on North George Street, the release states.
Hill was not struck by gunfire, according to state police spokesman Trooper James Spencer.
Hill, of the 800 block of Fahs Street in York City, is charged with aggravated assault and fleeing or attempting to elude officer, both felonies. He's also charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, DUI and summary traffic offenses.
Chase: Police said two troopers tried to pull Hill over on Route 30 in Hellam Township after he was seen going 85 mph in a 55 mph zone, but he did not stop until he got to the Round-the-Clock Diner in Manchester Township.
Troopers attempted to stop him in the parking lot, but he fled, striking a vehicle before leaving the parking lot, the release states.
Police said Hill went onto Route 30 westbound, and the troopers bumped their vehicle into his, causing it to stop at Route 30 and North George Street.
The troopers were attempting to exit their vehicle when Hill rammed the cruiser's driver-side door. The door hit the trooper, prompting him to fire his weapon, hitting Hill's vehicle, according to the release.
Hill continued fleeing on North George Street but stopped because he thought he had a flat tire, court documents states.
Hill then fled on foot. Troopers arrested him at Route 30 near Susquehanna Trail, the release states. Charging documents state troopers arrested him after he tripped over a table in the backyard of a home.
Hill told them he fled because his license was suspended for previous violations and he had marijuana in his car, according to charging documents.
He admitted to smoking marijuana about two hours before the incident, police said.
Troopers found suspected marijuana in Hill's vehicle, charging documents state.
Hill was taken to York Hospital for a blood draw, police said. He was arraigned on his charges Tuesday afternoon.
He was sent to York County Prison on $35,000 bail.
The trooper who fired at Hill's vehicle has been placed on administrative leave, and the York County District Attorney's Office is working with state police to investigate the trooper-involved shooting.
Spencer, the state police spokesman, said the road was closed in the area of North George Street and Route 30 from about 1:50 a.m. to 5 a.m.
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