Police detail chase that led to I-83 ramp closures


ETTERS, Pa (WHTM) – A threat involving a gun Monday morning in Lancaster County led to a                standoff that disrupted traffic on Interstate 83 in York County for hours Monday evening, police said.

Mount Joy Police said the incident started shortly after 9:30 Monday morning on the first block of West Main Street. Police said Alexander Scott, 26, threatened a victim with a hand gun and fled the area in a red Chevrolet Cobalt. 

Police spotted the vehicle and started chasing it on Marietta Avenue after they say Scott failed to pull over. 

The chase lasted 49 minutes and covered 50 miles through parts of Lancaster and York Counties, said police. They said the pursuit was called off on Interstate 83 in northern York County because of poor visibility from rain and the risk of danger to the general public. 

Later on Monday, police in Newberry Township, York County pulled a car over with Scott in the passenger seat. Police said he was armed with a gun. 

The driver of the vehicle fled, but Scott refused the leave the car. 

During the standoff, police closed the ramps for the Yocumtown exit off I-83, creating traffic backups on the interstate for hours. 

After several hours, Scott was eventually taken into custody without incident. 

Scott faces several charges in both York and Lancaster counties. 

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