Two teenage boys fled through yards, a field and into a wooded area in Newberry Township to avoid being mowed down by a Jeep driven by the father of a classmate, according to police.
While chasing the boys, Adam A. Lewis repeatedly screamed he was going to kill them, police allege -- until he ran his Jeep into a stone wall.
Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said it was a dangerous situation.
Lewis is facing charges of two counts each of simple assault and reckless endangerment, and one count each of trespass by motor vehicle and reckless driving. Police filed charges on Friday, according to court records.
Lewis, 39, of Mountain View Terrace mobile home park, 2001 Red Bank Road, Lot 509, in Newberry Township, has not yet been arraigned, Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said.
Bullying alleged: It started with a fight on a school bus Jan. 14.
A 15-year-old boy told officers he was being bullied by two other youths -- the son and nephew of Lewis, according to police.
The 15-year-old told officers he got into a fight with them on the bus and got the best of them, police said.
The teen said after getting off the bus he walked to the home of a 16-year-old friend in the 1700 block of York Road.
Meanwhile, Lewis' son told him what had happened on the bus, according to police.
"He went out and tried to find the kid who bullied his son," Snyder said.
About 3:35 p.m., the 15-year-old spotted Lewis' maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee, with lift kit, speeding down Red Bank Road and turning onto York Road, police said.
Teens fled: At that point, the 15-year-old told his friend he believed Lewis was coming for him, and he and his friend started to run, police said. The teen knows Lewis, who is friends with one of the teen's family members, police said.
Lewis drove up the driveway toward 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 while the Jeep was in hot pursuit, according to police.
Crashed: The Jeep crashed into the wall as the two youths ran through an open field and into the nearby woods to get away, police said.
A neighbor who witnessed the chase confirmed the Jeep's driver was making threats, using profanity and driving recklessly through yards, police said.
Lewis could not be reached for comment. It's unclear if he's retained an attorney.
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