Two Frederick men were charged with attempting to kill two Pennsylvania state troopers in Chambersburg after police said they rammed a police vehicle during a chase early Wednesday morning.
Rayshard Young, 21, and Samuel Jere’miah Rhi’me Thorne, 22, were traveling in the 1000 block of Wayne Avenue near Chambersburg at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday when two state troopers in a marked cruiser noticed the black 2005 Kia Spectra5 the men were traveling in was following another vehicle too closely, according to court records obtained from Chambersburg Magisterial District Court.
When the Kia began swerving over the median, the troopers activated their overhead lights to pull it over, and a chase began with the Kia speeding off north toward Chambersburg, the documents state.
During the chase, the trooper driving the cruiser tried to use a “pursuit intervention technique,” also called a PIT maneuver, to force the Kia to stop by making contact with the KIA with the police cruiser, but Thorne, who was driving the Kia, applied his brakes and ended up behind the police cruiser, the documents state. Thorne then sped up and rammed the back of the cruiser as the vehicles approached the area of the 700 block of Philadelphia Avenue, disabling the Kia in the process, according to the documents.
While Thorne jumped out of the car and tried to escape on foot, Young remained in the Kia and was seen attempting to chamber a round in a handgun, later determined to be a 9 mm SCCY Model CPX 2 that had previously been reported stolen, the documents state. Young dropped the gun and surrendered when one of the troopers ordered him to do so.
A search of the Kia later revealed what the documents describe as “a sizable amount of fresh marijuana,” and digital scales the troopers believe were being used to measure the drugs for distribution.
Both Young and Thorne were charged with two counts each for the attempted murder in the first-degree of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault, as well as one count each for possession of and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude police and two other traffic offenses.
While Young told police after his arrest that he was homeless, his last known address was in Frederick. Thorne has multiple previous offenses in Maryland court records, which also list him as residing in Frederick.
Both men remained in the Franklin County Jail without bail as of Thursday awaiting a future court hearing.