A Carlisle man is in Cumberland County Prison after police said he crashed into several parked cars Sunday while fleeing a traffic stop.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, John Robinson, 39, was seen driving a Ford Taurus “almost fully upon the sidewalk” in the 300 block of North Hanover Street at 1:28 a.m. Sunday with a suspended registration plate. Robinson turned west in the first block of West Penn Street at a “higher than prudent” speed, police said.
Carlisle Police said an officer activated his emergency lights and siren, and Robinson pulled into a parking lot at the intersection of North Pitt and West Penn streets, with the officer pulling in behind him. However, Robinson reversed, nearly hitting the patrol car, and went back onto West Penn Street, the affidavit states.
Police said Robinson did not stop at two stop signs as he continued to drive. He turned onto North Pitt Street and then West North Street, heading east.
He accelerated as he approached the traffic light at West North and North Hanover streets, and crossed the intersection “without hesitation” while the light was red, the affidavit said.
The officer following him stopped at the light to make sure the intersection was safe before proceeding, police said.
Robinson lost control of his car on East North Street, crashing into four parked cars, according to the affidavit. A Ford Ranger was hit so hard it flipped on its side and went into an occupied building. The building appeared to still be structurally sound, but both front windows were broken, the affidavit said.
Police said that as they approached the scene, Robinson ran from the car and began to flee. Police used a Taser to subdue him, and officers were able to take him to the ground. He continued his attempts to flee, and “substantial force” was used to restrain him, police said in the affidavit.
Police also noticed a strong odor of alcohol, that Robinson’s speech was slurred, and that it was “apparent” that he was too intoxicated to safely operate a vehicle, according to the affidavit.
Robinson was treated for minor injuries received in the crash, according to police.
He was charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude police, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person, accidents involving damage to attended vehicles or property and summary traffic offenses.
He was taken to Cumberland County Prison where he remains on $25,000 bail.