Police: Two charged after chase ends in crash that injures two in another car

Logan Hullinger
The York Dispatch
Crews from Goodwill Fire Co. No. 1 in York Township put out the flames after a car involved in a police chase crashed into another vehicle and caught fire Sunday afternoon, Dec, 27, 2020, at the intersection of South Queen Street and Leader Heights Road. State police pulled two Baltimore men out of the car before it caught fire, according to the fire company. Credit: Goodwill Fire Co.

Two Baltimore men are charged with aggravated assault and related charges after a police chase ended in a crash that injured two other people on Sunday afternoon in York Township, according to charging documents.

Tychic Ellerby, 18, and Shon Palmer, 26, are charged with aggravated assault, a first-degree felony, aggravated assault by vehicle, a third-degree felony, and two drug-related charges in the incident that began about 12:45 p.m. Sunday, according to charging documents.

Ellerby, the driver, was also charged with causing an accident involving deaths or injuries while not licensed, a third-degree felony.

The police chase began after a state police trooper clocked a blue Ford Fusion, driven by Ellerby, traveling north at 89 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 83, police said.

Tychic Ellerby, of Baltimore.

When the trooper tried to pull the car over, Ellerby allegedly accelerated and got off the highway at the Leader Heights Road exit, driving east in the westbound lane on Leader Heights Road at more than 90 mph.

At the intersection of Leader Heights Road and South Queen Street, the driver ran a red light and hit a Mazda SUV, according to documents. The Mazda rolled over and trapped two occupants, an 82-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman, both from Dallastown.

Members of Goodwill Fire Co. freed the two people, one of whom suffered a brain bleed, abdominal bleed and broken ribs, police said. Both people were taken to York Hospital with serious injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Shon Palmer, of Baltimore.

Leader Heights Road and Queen Street were closed for several hours Sunday afternoon after the crash.

At the crash site, police discovered a backpack that had been ejected from the Ford Fusion and contained strips of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled opioid commonly known by the brand name Suboxone, police said.

Neither Ellerby nor Palmer could provide a valid prescription for the drug, police said. Ellerby and Palmer are also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both men were arraigned in front of District Judge James H. Morgan on Monday morning. They remain in York County Prison, as they were unable to post the $100,000 bail. 

Palmer is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Scott Laird on Jan. 7. Ellerby is scheduled to appear before Laird on Jan 12.

Crews from Goodwill Fire Co. No. 1 in York Township put out the flames after a car involved in a police chase crashed into another vehicle and caught fire Sunday afternoon, Dec, 27, 2020, at the intersection of South Queen Street and Leader Heights Road. State police pulled two Baltimore men out of the car before it caught fire, according to the fire company. Credit: Goodwill Fire Co.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.