By John M. Hoober III, New Era Staff Writer
Lancaster, PA- A 45-minute pursuit early today through Lancaster and surrounding townships ended in the arrest of a motorist who had a long list of outstanding warrants, Lancaster police said.
Jesus Medina Jr., 42, Lancaster, struck one police car and tried to strike another one during his unsuccessful flight that ended at about 3 a.m. along Harrisburg Pike near Route 30, police said.
Medina had eight outstanding warrants before police started chasing him. Now he faces seven additional charges that include four felony counts of aggravated assault, said Sgt. William Gleason.
Gleason gave this account:
At 2:20 a.m. Officer David Hershiser tried to stop a green Ford Taurus at Marietta Avenue and North West End Avenue. The car had a non-functioning taillight and its license plate belonged on a Chrysler.
The driver, later identified as Medina, took off as Hershiser approached the car.
When police tried to stop the car in the 1300 block of Fremont Street, Medina attempted to strike several officers who were on foot. He then continued driving, Gleason said.
The pursuit continued into Manor Township, Millersville, East Hempfield Township, Manheim Township and back into Lancaster with Medina turning his lights off as he fled, Gleason said.
At West Walnut Street and Race Avenue, Medina tried to ram a police cruiser driven by Lancaster police Sgt. Richard Heim. In the 1400 block of Harrisburg Pike, the fleeing Taurus did strike a marked patrol vehicle, Gleason said.
The pursuit lasted about 45 minutes. When police finally stopped Medina, he refused to get out of the car and was sprayed with Mace-type spray, Gleason said.
The motorist was then arrested and taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment from the effects of the spray.
From the pursuit, Medina faces the following charges: four counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, fleeing-attempting to elude police, and driving with lights off to avoid identification or arrest, police said.
Medina's outstanding warrants were for simple assault (domestic violence), simple assault-terroristic threats (domestic violence), five summary warrants, and a bench warrant, police said.
Also this morning, a tractor-trailer upset on the ramp leading from eastbound Route 283 to westbound Route 30 in Manheim Township, police said.
The truck driver, identified as Michael Chism, 37, of Harrisburg, was not injured. The truck was from Heaton's Trucking, York, police said.
The crash happened at 7:11 a.m., and traffic moved slowly around the wreckage until it could be cleared.
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Pa. man caught after leading police on 45-minute chase