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York City Police: Habitual suspended driver caused crash, fled from cops

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City man cited more than a dozen times in the past for driving with a suspended license is now in York County Prison, accused of causing a crash and spurring a police chase.

Frank Jerrid Dortch was again driving with a suspended license, according to York City Police.

Dortch, 41, who has addresses in the 900 block of Wellington Street in York City as well as in Carlisle, is locked up on $1,500 bail, according to court records.

He is charged with the misdemeanors of fleeing or attempting to elude police and causing an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, as well as the summary offenses of driving with a suspended license, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, driving a vehicle without a valid inspection and improperly backing up a vehicle on a roadway.

Frank Jerrid Dortch

Charging documents state he's previously been cited 17 times for driving with a suspended license.

York City Officer Ryan McGeehan and another officer were on patrol about 11:15 a.m. Sunday when they heard a vehicle crash in the 700 block of West King Street, police said.

They spotted a gold Honda Odyssey driven by Dortch heading east on King Street at a high rate of speed, being pursued by a Hyundai Elantra whose driver was honking that car's horn at Dortch, charging documents state.

McGeehan later learned Dortch was driving on West King Street when he stopped the minivan and started to back up for some reason, going the wrong way on a one-way street, documents state.

The chase was on: Dortch crashed into the Hyundai, then took off — with the Hyundai giving chase, according to charging documents.

Officers joined the pursuit, during which Dortch took side streets and alleys, including driving the wrong way on South West Street, police said.

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Dortch ditched the minivan to the rear of the 200 block of West Market Street and fled on foot, documents allege.

He ran back toward West Mason Avenue, but stopped when he saw McGeehan's patrol car, police said.

He then doubled back and ran toward West Market Street, at which point another officer successfully shocked Dortch with a Taser and arrested him, documents state.

Dortch had several active warrants, police said, and the minivan he was driving didn't have an inspection sticker.

It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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