Police in York County said they arrested a Canadian man after he stole a tractor-trailer and its gasoline tanker from a North York business and then led officers on a chase before crashing on Route 30.
Marc CJ Chartier, 40, of Manitoba, was charged early Friday with theft, receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, DUI and various traffic offenses, according to Northern York County Regional police.
The truck and attached tanker were stolen shortly before 1:30 a.m. from Edris Oil, at 1225 Columbia Avenue. The driver reported that he had just hooked up to the
trailer and was returning from the office when he found the truck and trailer gone, police said.
About two minutes later, an officer spotted the truck traveling west on
East 7th Avenue toward North George Street and tried to stop it, but Chartier turned north on North George Street and at one point drove straight at two other police cars in the southbound lanes, forcing the officers to veer out of the way of a head-on collision, police said.
Chartier then headed west on Route 30 and drove through red lights while blaring the truck's air horn at the
intersections of Susquehanna Trail, Pennsylvania Ave, Fairlane Road,
Roosevelt Avenue, and Kenneth Road, police said.
He eventually lost control and struck a guard rail at the ramp for Route 462 East, disabling the truck. He refused commands to get out of the truck and had to be removed, police said.
Chartier was arraigned on the charges after his release from York Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.