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On November 26, 2018, at approximately 7:52 p.m., Harrisburg Police Officers say they responded to City Gas and Diesel located at 1549 State Street on a report of a stolen vehicle resulting from the victim had left the vehicle’s engine running and unattended. According to police Jerome Lamar Stringer got in the vehicle and drove off.
Authorities say they located the vehicle a short distance away and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. They allege Stringer pulled over and jumped out of the vehicle; however, failing to put the car into park. As a result, the vehicle rolled backwards hitting an occupied police vehicle.
Police say they ordered Stringer to stop but he instead ran several blocks away. They say Stringer was located a short time later inside a residence located on the 2600 block of N 6th Street.
Authorities say after Stringer’s arrest they determined that Stringer had been drinking alcohol earlier in the evening evening. and has a suspended driver’s license.
Stringer has been subsequently charged with one count each of Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, Escape, DUI – 1st Offense, Use of School Bus/School Vehicle Plates, Driving with Operator Privilege Suspended/Revoked, and Turning Movements and Required Signals.
The 29 year old Stringer has past criminal arrests and convictions reaching back to 2010 for cases involving theft, conspiracy, drug possession, and felony criminal trespass for which he was sentenced to county prison.