A Mount Joy Township man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase while high on methamphetamine, steering in the direction of a police officer who was on foot during the chase, then running away when his car became disabled.
Christopher Wayne Weaver, 34, of Schwanger Road near Rob Drive, Mount Joy, is charged with the first-degree felony of aggravated assault, the third-degree felony of fleeing or attempting to elude officer and other offenses for events that police said took place the night of Friday, Sept. 6.
Northwest Regional Police Officer Aaron McCoy described the events in a sworn statement filed in court. McCoy wrote that at about 8:25 p.m., he was conducting speed enforcement in a 45 mph zone on North Market Street in Mount Joy Township when he saw a red Lincoln sedan go by at 72 mph. McCoy wrote that he tried to pull the driver over at North Market Street and Zeager Road using the emergency lights and siren on the marked police car, but the driver sped off. McCoy wrote that Weaver drove into oncoming lanes, passed on both the left and right sides, drove in excess of 100 mph, ran three stop signs and nearly crashed into multiple vehicles three times during the pursuit.
McCoy wrote that Officer Blake Innocent from the Elizabethtown Borough Police showed up to assist and placed spike strips in the road. While Innocent was standing in the road to deploy the spike strips, Weaver steered the car toward Innocent, coming within feet of hitting him, McCoy wrote.
Weaver drove over the spike strips and his car broke down at Route 743 and the county line. He then ran off, but was captured quickly, Mc-Coy wrote, and was found to have a bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine. McCoy wrote that Weaver admitted it was methamphetamine.
Weaver agreed to speak to police after being read his Miranda warnings and admitted to using methamphetamine before driving and said he panicked and fled from police, McCoy wrote in court papers.
McCoy also wrote in his sworn statement that Weaver’s driver’s license had been suspended at the time of the chase.
In addition to the felony charges, Weaver is also facing three counts of the second-degree misdemeanor of recklessly endangering another person, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of intentional possession of a controlled substance by person not registered. He is also facing six summary offense counts for various traffic offenses.
Weaver was held in the Lancaster County Prison because he was unable to pay $100,000 bail.