Charges filed against Harrisburg man following April 20 police chase and crash

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Charges were filed Thursday against a man accused of leading police on a chase that ended in a crash, injuring two people and a K-9 officer, in Harrisburg on April 20.

Christopher Michael Slaughter, 29, of Harrisburg, is facing a laundry list of charges including reckless endangerment, aggravated assault by vehicle and flight to avoid  apprehension, Dauphin County Court filings show.

Prosecutors allege Slaughter drove off after police attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation along the 2300 block of North 6th Street on the evening of April 20. Slaughter eventually pulled over along the 2500 Lexington Street but sped off as officers exited their vehicles and approached his SUV.

According to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office, Slaughter hit speeds of 51 mph during the chase and committed numerous traffic violations during the chase.

It all came to and end when Slaughter’s SUV collided with Officer Daniel Peiper’s vehicle on North 6th Street and then slammed into Selina Martin, a pedestrian who was standing on the sidewalk.

Both Officer Peiper and Martin sustained multiple injuries and remain hospitalized at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Officer Peiper’s K-9 partner, Thor, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Slaughter remains in Dauphin County Prison on $500,000 bail.