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Northern Regional officers drag chase suspects out of burning car after crash

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
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A York County driver and his passenger were saved from burning crash wreckage by police officers — one of whom had previously been pursuing them, according to charging documents.

Kevin O'Brian Hall, 28, of the first block of West Broad Street in Yoe, has not yet been arraigned on his charges, which include the third-degree felony of fleeing or attempting to elude police, according to court records.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and he remains on the lam, according to Lt. Gregg Anderson of Northern York County Regional Police.

Northern Regional Officer Daniel Paz tried to pull over a Hyundai Santa Fe allegedly being driven by Hall after the officer saw the station wagon make a left onto Arsenal Road from Toronita Street in Manchester Township about 1:45 a.m. Nov. 20 without using a turn signal, police said.

Instead of stopping, Hall took off, according to his charging documents.

Paz gave chase, with his cruiser's lights and siren activated, according to police, who allege the Santa Fe was going in excess of 80 mph.

That's when Paz's patrol supervisor, Sgt. Noah Potteiger, ordered the pursuit to be stopped, then directed Paz to check the intersection where Loucks Mill Road meets Arch Street and North Queen Street to see if the vehicle crashed, since there's a 90-degree turn there that can be dangerous at high speeds, according to charging documents.

Paz drove there and found the Santa Fe crashed into a brick wall at the intersection, police said. It had sustained heavy front-end damage.

Passenger called for help: The passenger, a woman, was shouting for help and had suffered a broken leg in the crash, police said.

Paz ran to the driver's side of the station wagon, where Hall was slumped over and unresponsive, police said. Paz found that Hall had a pulse but was gasping for breath, charging documents state.

Paz administered sternum rubs to Hall's chest, but Hall remained unresponsive, police said.

Sgt. Potteiger and Officer Zachary Grey arrived at the crash scene and alerted Paz that the Santa Fe had caught fire, police said.

Paz dragged the unresponsive Hall out of the car and laid him on the ground, documents state, while Potteiger and Grey pulled the passenger from the burning car.

A short time later, an ambulance crew arrived on scene and began treating Hall and his passenger, who were transported to York Hospital, police said. York Area United and York City personnel responded. 

While searching for the driver's identification, officers found a marijuana blunt, a small baggie of pot and an open bottle of E&J Brandy, but no ID, according to charging documents.

Paz later took a portable fingerprint scanner to the hospital and ran Hall's prints, which is how the man was identified, documents state.

Awaiting test results: Investigators have filed search warrants for Hall's blood, to learn his blood-alcohol level and to see if he was driving while high, according to documents.

York Hospital spokesperson Ryan Coyle confirmed Hall was treated at the hospital and subsequently released.

On Nov. 20, Paz filed the fleeing or eluding charge against Hall, as well as the misdemeanors of driving under the influence, driving DUI with a suspended license, causing an injury crash while not properly licensed, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police also filed summary offenses of reckless driving, improper signaling and having an open container of alcohol.

Hall could not be reached for comment Tuesday, and it's unclear if he has retained an attorney. Listed phone numbers for him were no longer current.

Anyone with information on Hall's whereabouts can submit a tip to Northern Regional Police by calling its tip line, 717-467-TELL, or emailing tips@nycrpd.org.

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

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