Passenger falls from car during North Main street police chase

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster woman was flown to a Charlotte hospital Saturday, Dec. 15, after falling out of a car during a police chase.

The 29-year-old woman was injured only minutes after officers approached a man outside the Carriage Inn, at 1100 N. Main St., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

Police were conducting a walk-through of the inn’s bar about 1:30 a.m. when they noticed a possibly intoxicated man leave and walk toward his car, the report said.

An officer also recognized the man as someone with outstanding arrest warrants from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

As they approached and tried to talk to him, the man got into his car, slammed the door and locked it.

The officers split up and approached both sides of the car, which is when they noticed a woman sitting in the passenger seat. That’s when the man decided to drive away, the report said.

“The passenger door was not yet closed when (the man) sped out of the parking space, almost dragging Pfc. Jennings,” an officer wrote in the report.

The officer who was almost dragged was able to get free from the vehicle, and then both officers chased after him in their patrol cars.

As the man drove between Carriage Inn and Wendy’s, the passenger-side door  opened and the passenger fell onto the ground, the report said.

One of the officers stopped to check on the woman, while the other officer went after the driver.

The chase continued along North Main Street, though officers lost sight of the man on Springs Street when he failed to yield to a traffic stop.

Emergency Medical Services treated the passenger at the scene and then took her by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital’s helipad. She was then flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The woman was treated and released from the hospital the same day, though the extent of her injuries is unknown, according to the CMC media relations department.

Officers planned to charge the man with failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, though it was unknown Tuesday if any additional charges were filed or if the man was arrested.

Calls to the Lancaster Police Department were not returned by The Lancaster News’ deadline Tuesday.


 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416