Police: Man led trooper on 125 mph chase on I-83

Denzel Swan

A Manchester Township man is accused of leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase on Interstate 83 at speeds of 125 mph, according to authorities.

State police said Denzel Swan, 35, fled from police during a traffic stop off the Newberrytown exit on I-83 early Friday morning, Aug. 16.

He then led them on a roughly 10-mile chase before crashing his car near his apartment, according to court documents.

Swan, of the 400 block of Piedmont Circle, is charged with risking catastrophe, receiving stolen property and fleeing or attempting to elude officers, all of which are felonies, and misdemeanor offenses of DUI and flight to avoid apprehension as well as multiple summary traffic violations.

Fled: A trooper pulled Swan over near the Newberrytown exit on I-83 northbound just before 3 a.m. Friday because Swan was driving a vehicle that was reported stolen out of York City, according to court documents.

After Swan was stopped, he fled from police south on I-83, where he reached speeds of 125 mph while passing several vehicles, police said.

Swan got off I-83 at Exit 22, North George Street, where he turned right on Lightner Road, court documents state.

He then turned left onto Piedmont Circle, where he drove through three stop signs before driving down an embankment and crashing into concrete steps, according to authorities.

Police said he fled into the woods but was found in the brush.

Swan smelled of marijuana, and his eyes were glassy and red, court documents state.

He had a suspended driver's license and was wanted on a warrant at the time, police said.

Swan was taken to York Hospital for a blood draw and then to the county's central booking unit for arraignment, according to charging documents.

He remains in York County Prison on $25,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 30 at District Judge Jeffrey Oberdorf's office.

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