On November 26, 2018, at approximately 7:52 p.m., Harrisburg Police Officers responded to City Gas and Diesel located at 1549 State Street for a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim had left the vehicle’s engine running and unattended. A male later identified as Jerome Lamar Stringer got in the vehicle and drove off.
Officers located the vehicle a short distance away and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Stringer pulled over and jumped out of the vehicle; however, he did not put the car into park. As a result, the vehicle rolled backwards and hit an occupied police vehicle. Officers told Stringer to stop but he instead ran several blocks away. He was located a short time later inside a residence located on the 2600 block of N 6th Street. It was determined that Stringer had also been drinking alcohol that evening. Additionally, he had a suspended driver’s license.
Stringer was 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.