On Saturday July 17, 2010 at 8:21pm a Northern York County Regional Police Officer stopped a vehicle on West Sixth Ave near North George Street in North York Borough for a red light violation. As the Officer approached the car, the operator, later identified as Gerald E. Orris III age 20 of Harrisburg, put the vehicle in gear and began to drive west on West Sixth Ave. The Officer returned to his vehicle and began to pursue the Orris vehicle. The Orris vehicle travelled onto Cemetery Way and then onto Dewey Street. The Orris vehicle proceeded towards North George Street and failed to stop for the posted stop sign on Dewey Street at North George St. The Orris vehicle entered the intersection and collided with a 2003 Volkswagen operated by Rachel McClymont age 22 of Palmyra, that was travelling northbound on North George Street. After striking the McClymont vehicle, the Orris vehicle then turned towards and intentionally rammed the police vehicle in an attempt to flee the scene. This impact disabled both the police vehicle and the Orris vehicle. Orris then exited his vehicle and ran north on North George Street. The Officer lost Orris as he turned onto a side street.
Passengers in the Orris vehicle identified Orris to police. At the time of the incident a two year old child was in the Orris vehicle. The Officer and passengers in the Orris vehicle were uninjured. McClymont and a passenger complained of minor injuries but refused EMS transport.
MDJ Kim Leppo issued an arrest warrant for Gerald E. Orris III. Orris has still not been located and is facing the following charges;
- Aggravated Assault
- Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury While Not Properly Licensed
- Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police
- Recklessly Endangering Another Person
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Accidents Involving Unattended Vehicle or Property
- Reckless Driving
- Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked
- Traffic Control Signals
- Stop Sign and Yield Signs
This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Northern York County Regional Police Department at 717-292-3647 or use the crime tip reporting section of the Department’s website at http://nycrpd.org