Crime, Police/Fire

Perry Hall man drags police officer from vehicle after being caught burglarizing York Pa. business

YORK, PA—A Perry Hall man has been arrested on burglary, assault, and other charges after burglarizing a business in York, PA and assaulting a police officer.

At around 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 13, an officer with the York County Regional Police Department was on patrol in the area of S. Queen St. in York Township when he noticed a door that was ajar at a local business. The officer pulled into the parking lot and began to investigate.

The patrol officer then noticed a door had been damaged and requested backup. He walked to the rear of the business and noticed a rear door was open with a vehicle parked nearby.

The officer made contact with a male located inside the business who stated he was an employee of the business. The officer requested information from the suspect, who said that his info was in the front office of the business.

The suspect then began to flee on foot. The officer gave chase and followed the suspect back to the vehicle that was parked nearby. The suspect got inside as the officer was trying to pull him from the vehicle.  The suspect accelerated, pulling the officer along briefly before he was knocked free as the car drove over an incline.

The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Donald A. Wellner, Jr. of Perry Hall.

Officers arrested Wellner the following day and found other stolen items in his possession from the burglary of the business. Authorities say Wellner was in the area visiting an individual that resides near the business.

Wellner is facing charges of burglary, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, theft, and receiving stolen property.

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