Bizarre Robbery And Police Pursuit In Lyman
A Lyman man is accused of erratic driving, trying to rob a local store, and then leading police on a high speed chase.
State Police say their interaction with 36-year-old Travis Dewitt started on Sunday, when they received a complaint of someone driving erratically, doing donuts, and nearly hitting a 10-year-old bicyclist. Troopers couldn't locate the vehicle at the time, but were advised that it may have been driven by Dewitt.
Shortly thereafter, police got a report of an attempted robbery at the Goodwin Mills General Store in Lyman. Employees identified the suspect as Dewitt and said that he walked into the store and laid down behind the counter. When employees asked him to leave, they told police he tried to steal items from behind the counter as well as from a customer. He then fled the store in a vehicle.
Twice, that day, police located Dewitt's vehicle and tried to pull it over, but he took off at a high rate of speed each time. In each instance, police ended up terminating the pursuit because of his erratic driving and dangerous speeds.
On Monday, police obtained a warrant for robbery against Dewitt, who turned himself in at the Alfred barracks. He was charged with robbery, eluding an officer, and violation of condition of release and taken to the York County Jail. Bail is set at $5,000 cash.