- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A south-central Pennsylvania police officer opened fire on a car as it raced toward him early Friday, causing non-life threatening injuries to a woman in the front passenger seat, state police said.

The York City police officer shot and wounded Erika Eberhardinger, 21, of Dover, as he narrowly avoiding being struck by the car around 2 a.m., state police said. Her condition was not disclosed.

The Mitsubishi Lancer had been speeding down a one-way street after an attempted traffic stop and crashed into a utility pole before taking off and veering toward the officer, state police said.

The York City Police Department said it called in the state police to lead the investigation and placed the officer on paid administrative leave, which is standard for officer-involved shootings.

The driver of the car, Matthew Foster, continued driving for a time after the gunfire, crashing moments later into a metal railing and surrendering to police, state police said.

No injuries were reported to the officers, Foster or another passenger. State police said they would not release the identity of the officer who fired on the vehicle.

Foster, 21, of York, is charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, fleeing and eluding, and driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

State police said it would forward the findings of its investigation to the York County district attorney, Thomas Kearney, who will decide whether the officer’s use of force was justified.

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