DUI checkpoint nets 12 arrests, officer exposed to heroin and fentanyl

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) - An officer was exposed to heroin and fentanyl while searching a vehicle during a DUI checkpoint, according to State Police. 

State Police said they stopped the vehicle after smelling marijuana. One the passengers, Markkel Davis, allegedly tried to pull a gun from his waistband. A trooper wrestled him to the ground and took the 9mm pistol. 

The vehicle was searched and drug paraphernalia was found. During the search, a York County officer was exposed to heroin and fentanyl and was treated at York Hospital.  

The driver, Deshawn Thompson, was charged with DUI. Davis, an unnamed woman, and a 16-year-old girl were also arrested. 

A dozen people were arrested during the DUI checkpoint. 

Two of the drivers tried to avoid the checkpoint. 

State Police said they chased Eric Flowers into York City. Flowers was seen throwing bags of heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana out of the window of his vehicle. 

The chase ended when Flowers lost control of his vehicle and crashed. He was then arrested. 

State Police said the other vehicle that tried to avoid the checkpoint drove over the median but was stopped by another police car positioned in another lane. The drivers name was not released.

The checkpoint was staffed by members of PSP York and Lancaster, York Area Regional Police, West Manchester Township Police, York City Police, and York County Sheriff's Department. 

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