West Manheim Township Police taser speeder, Hanover hit-and-run suspect

West Manheim Township Police taser speeder, Hanover hit-and-run suspect

York, PA

On March 27, 2019, at about 7:11 am, a police officer with the West Manheim Township Police Department observed a blue Saturn sedan traveling at a high rate of speed southbound in the 1800 block of Baltimore Pike according to police. At the intersection of Baltimore Pike and Fairview Drive, the officer came upon a traffic crash involving the blue Saturn and two other vehicles.

Investigators say the officer approached the operator of the blue Saturn who was still inside the vehicle. At that point, the operator became combative and advised the officer that he was going to kill him. 

Police say the driver made an aggressive movement toward the officer who then deployed his Taser. The operator was taken into custody after a brief struggle with the assistance of back up officers and an armed security officer with G-Force Investigations who was reporting for work at West Manheim Elementary School.

Investigation revealed that the operator had fled from Hanover Borough Police approximately 15 minutes earlier and had just fled from a hit/run crash to an occupied vehicle at the intersection of Grandview Road and Baltimore Street in Penn Twp.

Two people reported injuries received from the crash at Baltimore Pike and Fairview Drive and were treated at UPMC Pinnacle in Hanover.

A West Manheim Township Police Officer was also injured during the arrest and was transported to UPMC Pinnacle by Pleasant Hill Ambulance where he was treated and released for his injuries.

The operator of the blue Saturn was identified as Donald Waltman, a 29-year-old Hanover man.

Waltman was transported to Central Booking on charges of Aggravated assault, Resisting arrest, Fleeing or attempting to elude police, Reckless endangerment, Terroristic threats, Accidents involving injury, Aggravated assault by vehicle, and numerous traffic violations.

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