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Police: Man steals York City parking enforcement vehicle, leads police on high-speed chase down I-83

Jacob Lee Ruth is accused of stealing the vehicle in downtown York and leading police on a chase that ended near the Pennsylvania-Maryland border on I-83 South.
Jacob Ruth

YORK, Pa. — York City Police have confirmed the details of a high-speed chase involving a stolen City parking enforcement vehicle that led authorities from downtown to Interstate 83 South Tuesday morning.

The incident began around 10 a.m. at West Philadelphia and North Newberry streets, according to police.

An unattended City of York parking enforcement vehicle was stolen by Jacob Lee Ruth, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The officer had left the vehicle to conduct parking enforcement business, police say.

The vehicle was equipped with a tracker, and York County 911 was able to locate heading South on I-83 near milemarker 18 according to the criminal complaint. 

Troopers tried to set up a roadblock in the left lane of I-83 South and use spike strips to stop the vehicles tires, but the attempt was unsuccessful. 

Ruth allegedly continued driving as multiple police cruisers gave chase with their lights and sirens on. 

The chase ended at Mile Marker 1.5 on I-83 South when police used a rolling roadblock technique, police say.

During the chase, one State Police patrol vehicle and the stolen parking enforcement vehicle were damaged. 

Ruth was removed from the vehicle and resisted arrest, according to police. He continued to "I'm sorry" after being taken into custody.

A search uncovered drug paraphernalia in his pockets. Troopers say it was also apparent that Ruth had defecated in his pants. 

Jacob Ruth was taken to York Hospital for a blood draw. 

He is charged with theft of a vehicle, fleeing and eluding law enforcement, resisting arrest, reckless endangering another person, and several traffic violations.