On Saturday 26 August 2017 at approximately 0308 hrs. Officers from Lancaster City Police responded to the area of the Waffle House restaurant on the 1000 blk. Dillerville Rd. Manheim Township Police had been dispatched to that location for a complaint of a fight in-progress. A request for assistance from Lancaster City Police was made.
Upon arrival, Officers were told that a person involved in the fight had gotten into a vehicle and was leaving the scene. Officers saw the vehicle in question and also saw that the vehicle was being operated without headlights turned on. The vehicle was stopped near the Subway restaurant.
Off. J. Hatfield approached the passenger side of the vehicle and made contact with a male, later identified as Todd L. Creekmur, M/32 of Lancaster. Creekmur kept reaching under the seat of the vehicle. Off. Hatfield had Creekmur exit the vehicle. Off. Hatfield saw that Creekmur was attempting to conceal something in his left hand. Off. Hatfield told Creekmur to open his hand. Creekmur placed a plastic baggie with an unknown substance into his mouth in an effort destroy potential contraband .
Off. Hatfield grabbed the bottom of Creekmur's mouth in order to keep him from swallowing what was believed to be an illicit narcotic. Creekmur bit (2) of Off. Hatfield's fingers on his left hand. Creekmur continued to resist Officer's efforts to place him into custody and eventually an electronic control device (Taser) was used on Creekmur. Off. Hatfield saw that Creekmur had white powder on his mouth and had managed to swallow the remaining contents of the plastic bag.
EMS was requested to the scene to asses Creekmur. While waiting for the ambulance crew, Creekmur spit blood and saliva onto the pant leg of another Lancaster City Police Officer.
As a result of this incident, Off. Lapp filed a criminal complaint against Creekmur, charging him with (2) Counts Aggravated Assault and (1) Count Tampering With Evidence. The complaint was filed before MDJ Sponaugle. Creekmur was committed to LCP on a State Parole detainer. He was later arraigned and his bail was set at $50,000.
All persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.