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Posted on: July 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] High-Speed Driver who Fled Police with Baby in Car to Trial on 147 Counts

Ronald Comeger

A man who led police on a 21-mile chase, with an infant in the vehicle, will face numerous charges in Lancaster County Court following a preliminary hearing Friday in Manheim Township.

Ronald T. Comeger, 32, is charged with felony counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault by vehicle, endangering a child, fleeing police, and causing a crash while not licensed, along with other offenses.

State police allege Comeger fled police, at speeds over 100 mph on Route 283, at one point deliberately veering toward a trooper, who dove out of the way to avoid being struck.

Comeger, who didn’t provide police with an address but previously lived in Delaware, is at Lancaster County Prison on $1 million bail.

On Friday, Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson called three investigators to testify and played a trooper’s dash-cam recording of the chase that ended with Comeger crashing his Volkswagen into another vehicle and then a wall.

Also Friday, Comeger was charged with DUI because testing determined he was under the influence of marijuana during the chase. A count of aggravated assault was withdrawn.

- Trooper Stefanie Schiavoni, who was following Comeger for the duration, testified of the dash cam in her cruiser.

- Trooper Chad Roberts testified that a woman who was a front-seat passenger in Comeger’s car will be available to testify at trial.

Prior to swerving directly at the trooper on the right berm, Comeger told his female passenger, “someone is going to get hurt.”

- Cpl. Anthony Holloway testified that an ounce of cocaine, and a digital scale, were found in the car. Comeger is charged with felony drug-dealing.

District Judge David Miller watched the dash-cam video and, after all the testimony, ordered Comeger face the charges in Lancaster County Court.

The chase started at the Route 283 and Route 30 interchange in Manheim Township when Comeger fled a traffic stop for speeding.

After crashing the car and as police surrounded the car, Comeger used the 7-week-old infant as a human shield.

The baby sustained cuts to his head. The baby’s mother sustained cuts and bruises to her arms and legs.

The trooper sustained cuts and bruises to his arms and legs as he dove to avoid the Volkswagen.

Comeger is presumed innocent.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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