East Berlin man charged after fleeing from traffic stop

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CARROLL TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa.– A 72-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after police say he tried to flee from a traffic stop in York County.

Wayne L. Trostle, 72, of East Berlin is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, firearms not to be carried without a license, reckless driving and other summary traffic violations.

Officers responded to a report of a man, later identified as Trostle, acting strangely and stumbling as he walked to his pickup truck in Carroll Township, according to the criminal complaint. Police received information from dispatchers that Trostle was last seen driving along Route 15 near Orebank Road.  When police tried to pull him over, Trostle sped up and a brief chase ensued, according to police reports.

During the chase, police say Trostle ran a red light and swerved off the road–nearly hit a concrete divider.

Trostle eventually pulled off the road and into the parking lot of the Franklintown Fire Department, but he refused to put the truck into park, court documents state.  When police opened the driver’s side door to get Trostle out of the vehicle, they found a loaded rifle sticking out from between the front passenger seat.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 27.


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