On January 19, 2019, at 3:00am, the East Pennsboro Township Police say an officer conducted a traffic stop at Sunoco, in the 600 block of North Enola Road after observing a center turn lane violation.
Following a check the driver was identified as Michael Eugene Shipe, 42, of the 1700 block of State Street, Harrisburg. Police say Shipe does not have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and was also wanted out of York County for fleeing and eluding police.
Another officer arrived to assist in arresting Shipe on the outstanding warrant authorities say. While attempting to arrest Shipe he jumped back into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive off. The officers tried to get the vehicle back into park and remove the driver from the vehicle when police say Shipe accelerated, dragging the officers approximately 50 feet through the parking lot and onto North Enola Road.
The suspect continued fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed.
Both officers were injured in the incident with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities say Shipe was pursued by officers of the West Shore Regional Police Department, Hampden Township Police Department, Mechanicsburg Borough Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police. The pursuit lasted approximately ten (10) miles and at points exceeded speeds of 120 miles per hour.
Police say Shipe was apprehended in the City of Harrisburg in the area of 13th Street and Berryhill Street without further incident.
After being arrested Shipe was charged with Aggravated assault, Resisting arrest, Fleeing and eluding, Driving while operating privilege is suspended, Escape, and Recklessly endangering another person.
The East Pennsboro Township Police released a statement today saying, “We would like to thank all assisting agencies for their help in apprehending Shipe and we wish our officers a speedy recovery!”
Snipes was arrested in March of 2018 for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Use Of Communication Facility taking a plea deal resulting in fines of $1,622.25 in September 2018 in Cumberland County. Bail for the case was set originally set at $50,000 in the case.
While on bail for the March arrest, Snipes was arrested by Middlesex Township Police, also in Cumberland County, in May for the following charges:
- Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer (misdemeanor)
- 2 counts Endangering Welfare of Children -Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense
- Recklessly Endangering Another Person
- Reckless Driving
- Duties At Stop Sign
- Careless Driving
- Driving While Opererating Privilege Suspended Or Revoked
- Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer (felony)
Shipe has seen 13 criminal cases advance to Courts of Common Pleas in Dauphin and Cumberland County since 1995.