York man pleads guilty to assaulting officer, resisting arrest, after hiding in Beaver Creek Trails

YORK – Christopher Martin, 41, of York, has pleaded guilty to four charges related to resisting arrest and assaulting York police officers after he ran from them and hid in the trees along Beaver Creek.

Martin appeared in York County District Court this past week for arraignment and pleaded guilty to two counts of third degree assault of an officer, both Class 3A felonies; resisting arrest (second subsequent offense), a Class 3A felony; and obstructing a police officer, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Allegations of being a habitual criminal were dismissed.

According to court documents, a York Police officer was on regular patrol when he saw Martin in a vehicle parked at Harrison Park. The officer knew there was an active warrant for Martin’s arrest and explained as such to Martin.

According to the affidavit filed with the court, Martin “immediately fled on foot.” The officer said, “I gave Christopher a verbal command to stop. He continued to rapidly flee southeast into the park, ignoring all directives to stop. As he fled on foot, I observed him reach his left hand into the front of his waistband. Not knowing what he was reaching for, I then deployed my taser. The taser prongs hit Christopher but was able to continue running.”

The affidavit says the foot pursuit lasted for a short time before the officer lost sight of him in the trees surrounding Beaver Creek. At that point, additional officers had arrived and a search of the creek and woods began. Several minutes into searching, they found him “hiding, crouched, along the west bank of Beaver Creek. He was given multiple commands to lay face down on the ground. He refused.”

As they tried to physically apprehend him, “he actively fought against officers and attempted to stand and flee again” but officers were able to subdue him. He continued to struggle and struck one of the officers in the lower lip, drawing blood. He also kicked and struck another officer in the left shin, scraping the skin.”

He was eventually secured into handcuffs and a cruiser and taken to jail.

The officers said further that 17 grams of marijuana were found hidden in the vehicle at the park, which Martin said was his.

It was noted that Martin “has a lengthy criminal history to include but not limited to a prior conviction of resisting arrest and multiple drug-related convictions. He has attempted to evade police several times and is currently facing York County charges for an unrelated flight to avoid arrest charge.” He has also previously been sent to prison for delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.”

Martin will be sentenced, in this particular case, on Sept. 19. Each Class 3A felony carries a possible sentence of up to three years in prison with 18 months of post-release supervision. The Class 1 misdemeanor carries a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail.

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