A Newberry Township man accused more than a year ago of chasing two teenage boys with his Jeep and trying to mow them down has had the most serious charges against him dropped.
Adam A. Lewis pleaded guilty Thursday to the summary offenses of harassment and careless driving. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop two counts each of simple assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records.
Lewis, 40, of Red Bank Road, was angry that the teens beat up his nephew and bullied his son on a school bus Jan. 14, 2013, according to Katie Himes, his public defender.
Lewis got into his Jeep and drove after the two 15-year-olds, Newberry Township Police have said, speeding down Red Bank Road and turning onto York Road.
The chase: Lewis caught up with the teens and chased them through the back yard, across a neighbor's back yard, in between buildings and through yet another yard, police said.
The teens then jumped over a small stone wall, which Lewis crashed into, according to police.
Lewis repeatedly screamed he was going to kill them, police said.
"He acknowledges that he was kind of fired up that day," Himes said. "He admitted he was yelling obscenities."
According to Himes, Lewis was driving his nephew to the hospital when he saw the boys who had beaten up the boy.
Lewis never intended to hurt the teens, Himes said, and was following them — not chasing them.
"He wanted their parents to know what happened, and for (the teens) to take responsibility for their actions," she said.
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