Harrisburg man jailed for fleeing, drug charges after police chase in West Cocalico

By on February 1, 2017

A Harrisburg man faces 28 charges after leading police on a high-speed chase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in West Cocalico Township Jan. 26.

Daeshaun A. Blanding, 21, was placed in Lancaster County jail on $25,000 bond Jan. 27, according to court records.

He was charged with one felony count of fleeing/attempting to elude police and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and five counts of reckless endangerment.

State police also filed 20 summary traffic violations including driving with a suspended license.

Police said they attempted to stop Blanding for speeding at 6:11 p.m. Jan. 26 when he sped off, leading them on a chase for approximately 35 miles, going at least 130 miles per hour.

Blanding exited the Harrisburg East Interchange and continued onto state routes 283 and 83 southbound before crashing at the bottom of a ramp at the 17th Street exit, according to a police report.

He then fled on foot and was caught shortly after, hiding in the brush over an embankment near the crash scene, police said.

Blanding is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Nancy G. Hamill Feb. 8.

Konstantine Fekos is a staff writer at LNP.

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