Two face drug charges after police chase

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By Jesef Williams

Two out-of-towners were arrested and jailed last week after leading Lancaster police on a car chase and then wrecking the vehicle they were riding in.

Kenneth Eugene McMurray, 33, of Catawba, was charged Monday, Feb. 11, with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest.

Mandy Lynn Herring, 25, of Scranton, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

An officer was on patrol shortly before 12:30 a.m. Feb. 11 when she saw a green Nissan Sentra with an improper license plate, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

The car, idling at the intersection of Main Street and Chesterfield Ave, was bearing a tag that was registered to a 1990 Chevrolet truck, the report said.

As the officer activated the patrol car siren, the driver turned onto East Meeting Street and began to yield. Before the officer could exit the vehicle, the driver took off.

Multiple police cars began following the Sentra, which ran three red lights while crossing over U.S. 521 Bypass and onto Camp Creek Road, the report said.

“While traveling on East Meeting Street, the speed of the suspect vehicle was approximately 50 to 55 mph,” the officer wrote in the report.

“After crossing Bypass 521 and crossing onto Camp Creek Road, the vehicle ran off the roadway, striking a mailbox and colliding with several trees.”

McMurray, the driver, and Herring, the second occupant, ran from the vehicle in separate directions. Police arrested both shortly afterward, the report said.

During a search, an officer found a bag of cocaine on the ground where McMurray was nabbed. Herring had 13 pills and two syringes in her purse, the report said.

Because of the wreck, Emergency Medical Services arrived to check McMurray and Herring. They were then taken to Springs Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Neither person had any life-threatening injuries, the report said.

A hospital nurse told police she believes the pills are clonazepam, which is a controlled substance.

The cocaine measured 4.7 grams.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152