Police: Driver leads troopers on early morning chase in southern York County
Police chased a Red Lion man for more than 30 minutes as he allegedly drove erratically in Lower Chanceford and East Hopewell townships.
Jeremy Michael Burkins, 38, is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, a felony. He's also charged with possession of a controlled substance, use of drug paraphernalia, DUI, resisting arrest and recklessly endangering another person, all misdemeanors.
The incident occurred around 1:49 a.m. Sunday in Lower Chanceford Township.
Pennsylvania State Police began following Burkins as he drove down Delta Road — 20 miles above the posted speed limit, police said.
When officers tried to stop him, Burkins "continued to flee and drove in a reckless manner by not utilizing his turn signal, driving in the opposing lane of traffic, driving at a high rate of speed," among other things, charging documents allege.
Officers pursued Burkins for approximately 50 miles.
Eventually, "stop sticks" were used to disable Burkins' vehicle on Blue Ball Road in East Hopewell Township, police said.
Burkins was "passively resisting" when officers asked him to get out of his car, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
While arresting him, police found a metal pipe with burnt narcotics from Burkins' back pocket. Police allege the pipe was used to smoke crack or meth.
Burkins had "burnt lips" as a result of smoking, and a white substance presumed to be narcotics was later found in his car, police added.
Burkins is free on $20,000 posted bail.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Dec. 16 with District Judge Laura Manifold.
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