A repeat drunken driver whose flight from Springettsbury Township police in May ended in a crash that injured two pedestrians -- one critically -- must spent at least two years in state prison.
Michael E. Sharp, 47, of 117 Edward Road in York Township, was sentenced Wednesday to two to five years in prison. He also was ordered to pay $2,700 in fines, according to defense attorney Ron Gross.
"He totally accepts responsibility for what occurred," Gross said. "His goal now is to maintain his sobriety ... for himself and for his family."
The death of Sharp's wife about three years ago started Sharp on a downhill slide that included an alcoholic relapse, according to Gross.
"At this point he's looking forward to going upstate and getting into a therapeutic (program), and then coming home," the attorney said.
He pleaded guilty in December to aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving under the influence, driving without a license and causing a crash while driving without a license.
"This guy is a repeat DUI offender ... and the perfect case of someone who shouldn't be out there driving, and who is an absolute danger to the public," Springettsbury Township Police Lt. Daniel Stump has said. "His (criminal) driving history is extensive and includes DUIs, hit and runs, and a prior fleeing and eluding charge, going back many years."
Fourth DUI: Sharp already had at least three previous DUIs under his belt before this latest incident, according to court records.
At the time of the 2:15 a.m. May 3 crash in Springettsbury Township, Sharp's blood-alcohol level was 0.2 percent, or more than twice the legal limit. In Pennsylvania, an
adult is driving drunk at 0.08 percent.
Jeffrey Miller, then 52, of York City, was left in a coma for 10 days and suffered a collapsed lung when he was struck by Sharp's F-250 SuperCab pickup truck, Gross has said.
The second pedestrian, Amy Ruleman of York City, suffered less serious injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital, Gross said. She was 41 years old at the time, police said.
A third victim, Richard Barrett of Windsor, escaped serious injury when his pickup truck collided with Sharp's.
What happened: An officer spotted Sharp's pickup speeding and weaving in the area of East Market Street and Northern Way, going about 60 mph, Stump said.
The officer tried to pull the truck over, but Sharp took off, heading west on Industrial Highway and south on Memory Lane. After less than a mile, the situation had grown too dangerous to continue and the pursuit was terminated, according to Stump.
About a mile after the chase ended, Sharp ran a red light at the intersection of Haines Road and Mount Rose Avenue, where his truck was T-boned by Barrett's Chevrolet Silverado, Stump said.
The impact forced Sharp's truck into the parking lot of Burger King, where it struck Miller and Ruleman.
Sharp was arrested after getting out of his truck and trying to run away, Stump said.
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