A York County man accused of stealing a trailer led deputies on a car chase across two counties before he lost control of the flatbed pickup truck and crashed into several trees on Tuesday, authorities say.
At about 3:30 p.m., Chester County Sheriff’s deputies received a call that employees with a utilities company were following a white pickup truck attached to their stolen trailer, according to a Chester County Sheriff’s report. Dispatchers later told authorities that the suspect detached the trailer from the pickup and left it on Cable Road in Chester County before turning onto Gilcrest Road and heading north on S.C. 97.
Deputies tried stopping the car on S.C. 97, but it kept going, driving closer into York County, the report states. Chester deputies requested help from the York County Sheriff’s Office as the man, later identified as Rayford Storey of Catawba drove into York County, traveling north on S.C. 97 at McConnells Highway. The chase ended when Storey lost control, the report states, and veered off the road, hitting several trees.
Deputies arrested Storey, charging him with failure to stop for a blue light and driving under suspension after learning that his driver’s license was no longer valid, the report states. He was treated at Chester Regional Medical Center and released to deputies. Authorities learned the trailer was stolen from Sharon. It was turned over to York County deputies, who gave it back to the utilities company.
Storey was being held Thursday at the Chester County Detention Center without bond.