On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:01AM Harrisburg Police say they conducted a traffic stop on N. 6th at Woodbine Street on a black 2018 Honda Civic occupied by 28-year-old John M. Barber for an expired registration.
After several minutes, officers say they asked Barber to shut off his vehicle. According to police Barber, instead, accelerated away from the stop with an officer hanging onto the door-frame of the vehicle. The officer was able to separate himself from Barber’s vehicle without injury.
Officers say returned to their vehicles to pursue Barber, but were immediately advised by a supervisor to terminate the pursuit. and police turned off their emergency equipment and stop their vehicles on N. 6th at Maclay Streets as the vehicle continued southbound on N. 6th Street at a high rate of speed.
Dauphin County dispatch received a call at 8:07AM from the fire station located at 1820 N 6th Street advising that a vehicle was traveling south on N 6th Street at a very high rate of speed as one of their fire trucks was leaving the station responding to a fire alarm.
According to authorities at 8:08AM Dauphin County Dispatch received a call from Capitol Police advising of a serious crash involving 2 vehicles, one of which contained a family of 6, with ejection at Commonwealth & Forster Streets.
Harrisburg Police Officers say they arrived on scene and determined that the vehicle that fled from the traffic stop was the same vehicle involved in the crash. Barber went through a red light at N. 6th and Forster Street and struck a pickup that contained a family that was on their way to the Farm Show. Police say Barber’s vehicle struck the pickup with such force that it flipped and came to a rest on its roof.
According to police Barber sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Barber is in police custody while he is at the hospital.
Police say the operator of the pickup sustained serious life-threatening injuries. The passengers, 2 adults and 3 children were taken to a local hospital for minor to moderate injuries. The children are 3-years-old (twins) and a 13-year-old authorities said.
Barber was wanted on a parole warrant for absconding and police say they found drugs in the vehicle.
The Traffic Safety Unit is continuing the investigation and charges are pending.