Shrewsbury Twp. man guilty of some charges stemming from 2012 crash


A York County jury returned on Thursday a split verdict against a Shrewsbury Township man who was accused of attempting to run over a state trooper.

Christian Michael Smithson, 24, formerly of 11868 Bohr Court, was found guilty on six counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of fleeing police and single counts of aggravated assault, receiving stolen property theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and unlawful restraint, as well as numerous traffic violations, according to court records.

The jury found him not guilty of the more serious charges of attempted homicide by vehicle and a second charge of aggravated assault, records state.

Smithson crashed a car he was driving in the 4100 block of Manchester Street in Shrewsbury Township just after midnight on Sept. 6, 2012. He fled the scene, leaving behind three injured passengers, state police said at the time.

Smithson then stole a GMC pickup truck but was spotted by an off-duty Southern Regional Police officer, who followed it. Two troopers set up spike strips to stop the truck, but Smithson steered into them, causing the troopers to jump out of the way, police said.

Nonetheless, the pickup hit the tire-flattening spikes and police were able to pull it over and arrest Smithson, police said

He remains in York County Prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 6, according to court records.

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