Prescription fraud leads to chase, crash

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A Largo, Maryland, man was arrested after an incident that began at the CVS pharmacy in Shippensburg ended with a fiery crash in Antrim Township Tuesday afternoon.

Daimion Anthony Sweeney Jr., 24, was charged with fleeing and eluding and reckless endangering, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The name of a passenger in his 2016 Kia Rio, also a 24-year-old man, has not been released due to the ongoing investigation, police said.

The incident began around 2:15 p.m. when a man attempted to obtain medication with a fraudulent prescription at the CVS on East King Street in Shippensburg.

State police from Carlisle gave a brief pursuit, but discontinued the chase, alerting Chambersburg troopers to a fleeing dark-colored four-door Kia sedan bearing Maryland plates.

Pennsylvania State Police at Chambersburg established stationary positions along various major roads south of Shippensburg.

Troopers saw a black Kia traveling south in Interstate 81 in the area of mile marker 17 near Chambersburg. According to police, when a marked patrol unit traveled onto the interstate, the vehicle accelerated rapidly and a pursuit ensued.

The Kia continued south on I-81 at a high rate of speed, traveling in and out of travel lanes, passing on the shoulder and committing numerous other violations.

The pursuit was abandoned in the area of Exit 10 at Marion, when pursuing officers lost sight of the vehicle, according to a news release from police.

The sedan was located in Marion and the pursuit was reinitiated, with the vehicle fleeing south on Molly Pitcher Highway at a high rate of speed, again committing numerous traffic violations.

The driver of the Kia attempted to turn west on Frank Road in Antrim Township, but crashed due to the high rate of speed, striking a stop sign and road sign and traveling down an embankment.

Two occupants of the vehicle fled and the vehicle caught fire.

The occupants were located and identified.

Sweeney is being held in Franklin County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. The passenger was released without being charged.

The Greencastle and Chambersburg police departments, as well as the Rescue Hose Co., assisted state police.