Early Sunday morning, a vehicle struck a home in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, causing the home to become structurally unsafe and displacing the home’s resident, according to Southern Regional Police. A man of Maryland Line, Maryland is facing charges for the accident, including DUI, reckless driving, and other traffic offenses according to court records.
The police stated that the incident occurred around 12:15 a.m. on the 500 block of South Main Street. The perpetrator was driving north when he crossed into the southbound lane before leaving the road. After driving through a lawn, the vehicle plowed through a fenced-in front yard before crashing into the front porch of the building.
According to the police, the driver had difficulty speaking to emergency personnel on scene, and smelled strongly of alcohol. The Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Co. stated that both the vehicle and the building were severely damaged. In addition, the police said that the driver was not carrying any form of identification on him.
According to the fire company, the building will be uninhabitable until the rest of the damaged structure is stabilized by a construction company, despite the fact that the fire department was able to repair some of the damage. The home has a second floor apartment with one occupant who will be staying with a family member, the fire department said.
The driver was taken to York Hospital after the crash for treatment of his injuries. According to the police, he gave three different spellings of his first name to the officer, including “Jhnny”, “Jnny”, and “Jonny”.
The officer wrote in the charging documents, “He seemed to not know how to spell his actual name.” A Facebook profile with the perpetrator’s picture was found by police, showing the correct spelling. According to documents, the Police say that he was potentially attempting to lie or be deceptive about his identity. The driver was fingerprinted at central booking where it was determined that he was an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, according to the police.
The perpetrator’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for January 26th.
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