New Oxford man charged in pursuit that injured police officer in 2010

CROSS KEYS, Pa. (WHTM) – A New Oxford man has been charged in a pursuit that ended an officer’s police career when he crashed in Adams County more than five years ago.

Lance L. Hawkes, 40, is charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering, driving under suspension, reckless driving, and other traffic related offenses, Adams County First Assistant District Attorney Brian Sinnett said.

Authorities believe it was Hawkes who was fleeing Eastern Adams Regional Police Officer Richard Phillips in the early morning of March 11, 2010.

Phillips had his lights activated as he tried to stop a speeding driver on Route 30. The fleeing driver ran a red light at the intersection of Route 94 in Berwick Township, directly in the path of a tractor-trailer. The officer followed and collided with the truck.

Phillips suffered traumatic brain injury, extensive broken facial bones, a broken leg, and other serious injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, Hawkes admitted to his brother and brother-in-law that he was going more than 100 mph as Phillips chased him. He told the men he made it through the intersection and saw the police car “blow up” when he looked in his rear-view mirror.

Both men ultimately shared his statements with investigators.

A preliminary hearing has not been scheduled.

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