Police: Man, drunk, fled after hitting car with kids in it

Christopher Dornblaser

Police say a York Haven man drove drunk and hit a car with four kids in it Sunday afternoon.

Matthew Lee Moody, 46, of 1300 York Haven Road, is charged with four counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of DUI, reckless driving, crashes involving death or personal injury and accident involving damage to attended vehicle or property, according to charging documents. Newberry Township Police say Moody had five previous DUI convictions before Sunday.

Police say they received several calls of a vehicle that hit a car and drove off in the area of Pines Road near Valley Road in Goldsboro around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses told police the vehicle hit a car, which had four children in it, and fled, nearly hitting people fishing on the side of the road, according to documents.

A caller followed the vehicle, giving street names to police. The caller told police the vehicle was an older red and silver Ford F-150, adding that it was going faster than 65 mph, nearly getting into several other crashes in the process, according to police. The vehicle eventually pulled into a business. The officer went into the business and found Moody in a "high state of intoxication," documents state.

Police say Moody had very red, bloodshot eyes and a very strong odor of alcohol. Moody's movements were described as very lethargic and his speech was slurred, almost impossible to understand, police said. When he left the building he needed to use a wall to support himself and he could hardly walk, according to police.

When the officer asked for Moody's license, he watched Moody fumble with his wallet for several minutes until he was able to get it, according to documents.

Moody was asked about the crash, which he denied being in, police said. He also denied drinking any alcohol, according to documents. The witness following Moody confirmed Moody was the driver of the vehicle that had driven off.

The officer then returned to the scene of the crash and spoke to the victims in the other vehicle. The victims told the officer they were slowing down near the creek on Pines Road near Valley Road when Moody's vehicle slammed into their vehicle, drove around their vehicle and fled north on Pines Road, according to documents. As he fled, he nearly hit several people, including children, who were fishing along the side of the road, police said.

The four children in the vehicle that was hit complained of pain and were taken to the hospital, according to police.

Matthew Moody

Moody was released from York County Prison after posting $5,000 bail.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.