Man charged after police chase with 2 children in car

Jonathan Abney (Cumberland County Prison)

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – State police say a man had an infant and a toddler in his vehicle when he led troopers on a pursuit in Cumberland County.

The chase started around 9 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 81 in Dickinson Township. Police say 21-year-old Jonathan Abney was pulled over for an expired registration tag.

When a trooper approached the vehicle, Abney sped away, running vehicles off the road and almost hitting one driver. He then drove onto Pine Road and then Burnt House road, and through multiple farms and lawns, police said.

One of the cruisers following Abney crashed into a utility pole in the 600 block of West Old York Road. The officer suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital.

Neither child was properly restrained, and police say the vehicle was stolen from a dealer in Greencastle.

Abney, of Greencastle, is charged with felony counts of fleeing and eluding, receiving stolen property, and agricultural vandalism. He also faces numerous other counts including endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest.

He was placed in Cumberland County Prison on $50,000 cash bail.

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