PSP looking for NYC man accused of leading Troopers on multi-county, high speed chase down I-81

26 April 2024- At the current moment, a Bronx man is facing charges only in Franklin County but could potentially be facing more after he was charged with fleeing a dozen Pennsylvania State Police Troopers earlier this year. Leopold T Hines is charged with felony fleeing an officer and three traffic violations of reckless driving, careless driving, and driving at a safe speed. Hines has a warrant out for his arrest following this incident and anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact PSP Chambersburg’s Trooper Michael Smith or 911.

On March 21st of this year around 12:25pm, Franklin County 911 made a request for PSP Chambersburg Troopers to assist in an active fraud incident that was taking place in the Borough of Chambersburg. After getting the details of the alleged car involved, a red Nissan Altima with New Jersey plates fleeing in the direction of I-81, Troopers attempted to locate the vehicle.

Troopers were able to find the vehicle around mile marker 19 on I-81NB and a traffic stop was initiated. Due to the previously mentioned circumstances and the high volume of traffic, Troopers ordered the driver to step out of the vehicle for both of their safeties. It was at this point, PSP say, the Nissan took off at a high rate of speed.

Troopers say that the vehicle began traveling in excess of 120 mph and driving erratically. This reportedly involved weaving through traffic, passing vehicles on the right by riding the highway’s berm. This continued well into Cumberland County, with Troopers from multiple stations being dispatched to try to stop the vehicle. A 35+ mile pursuit was ended around mile marker 53-54 after the vehicle was lost. Over 12 PSP units, Troopers say, were involved in the chase. It should also be said that the vehicle also successfully avoided multiple spike strips deployed by police over that duration.

By using body worn cameras from the initial Trooper response as well as a confirmation from Enterprise Rental Car, the suspect of the vehicle was identified as Leopold Hines of the Bronx, NY. That rental car that was being driven by Hines was then listed as stolen.

At the current moment Hines is free and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Additionally, this is the only filing against him as of time of writing. Anyone who may know more information about this incident should contact PSP Chambersburg at 717-264-5161 and reference the below incident numbers.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39304-CR-0000079-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-364694