Police: York City road-rage felon tried to run, but was caught with illegal gun, drugs

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City man has again been accused of a gun crime, less than two years after being sentenced to prison for shooting at a fleeing driver during a road-rage encounter.

Tayvaughn Chandler-Hope, 21, of the 600 block of West Philadelphia Street, is now charged with being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and drug possession with intent to deliver. All three offenses are felonies.

He was committed to York County Prison because he was unable to post his $50,000 bail, according to online court records.

York City officers were called to the 800 block of Arlington Road about 8:40 p.m. Jan. 18 for a report of a suspicious gold Honda CRV that had circled the area a number of times, according to charging documents.

The CRV had picked up a man from a black sedan with a shot-out window that police suspect was involved in recent shootings, documents state.

When officers tried to pull over the CRV in the 200 block of South Beaver Street, passenger Chandler-Hope got out and took off on foot, according to documents.

He was caught after a brief foot chase, police said.

In the right pocket of Chandler-Hope's hoodie, officers found and seized a 9mm handgun that was fully loaded with a bullet in the chamber, charging documents allege.

He also was carrying a backpack, inside which officers found and seized marijuana that had been packaged in several bags of various sizes, $490 in cash and four generic Ritalin pills, police allege.

Tayvaughn Chandler-Hope

Ritalin is a controlled substance and a stimulant that's often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When snorted, its effects are similar to those of cocaine, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Fired at driver: In May 2019, Chandler-Hope was sentenced to two to four years in prison for firing at a fleeing driver during a road-rage encounter.

West Manchester Township Police have said he was in the back seat of a car in the early-morning hours of June 25, 2017, when that car and a vehicle behind it started passing and brake-checking each other after the car Chandler-Hope was riding in started tailgating the other vehicle as it drove from West Market Street in the direction of East Berlin Road.

The other driver later told officers that the car Chandler-Hope was in stopped across the road to block him from going any farther, at which point two men with handguns got out of the car, according to court documents.

The other driver ducked and took off, with Chandler-Hope firing five times at the victim's car, police said.

The other driver also said when he made it to the traffic light at Route 616, the car Chandler-Hope was in was behind him again, and someone was still shooting a gun from it, police said.

More:Prison for man who shot at car in W. Manchester Twp.

Was a fugitive: Township police filed charges in June 2017 and Chandler-Hope remained on the lam for nearly a year before turning himself in, police said. That happened in May 2018.

Originally charged with attempted first-degree murder and other offenses, Chandler-Hope pleaded guilty in 2019 to the felonies of aggravated assault and carrying a firearm without a license in exchange for his other charges being dismissed, court records state.

He was sentenced to two to four years in prison and given credit for the 377 days he spent in York County Prison awaiting the resolution of his case.

Later in 2019, Chandler-Hope pleaded guilty to the felony of carrying a firearm without a license in a separate case, was sentenced to 1½ to three years in prison and given 453 days' credit for time served, according to court records. A charge of drug possession with intent to deliver was dropped.

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