A 28-year-old York man will be spending the next two decades in prison after deputies found him clutching a bag of crack cocaine when he crashed his car into a tree. Apparently, the collission was caused due to the defendant driver attempting to escape the police last July.

In York County’s General Sessions Court, Judge Edward Miller sentenced the man to 27 years in prison on a trafficking crack cocaine charge.  It was the man’s third conviction.

A sheriff’s deputy and state constable were patrolling McConnells Highway, near Brattonsville, when they spotted a Chevrolet traveling 40 mph in a 55 mph zone.  The car swerved over the center line, making officers think the driver might be intoxicated.  When officers attempted to stop the car, the driver accelerated, reaching over 100 mph towards York.

The driver lost control of the vehicle when he tried to make a right turn onto South Congress Street, sending his car careening over on its roof and slamming into a tree.  Police found the driver inside of the car holding a large bag of crack cocaine.

Once the man was released from Carolinas Medical Center, he was arrested.  The man’s criminal history includes several drug arrests dating back to 2003.  He was already serving time for a previous charge when he was sentenced on Monday.

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