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$800,000 bail for Airville-area man on second set of charges
An Airville-area man accused of beating his 16-year-old girlfriend while in traffic last month is now accused of being the getaway driver during a burglary in York Township over the weekend, police said.
Michael Dean Meinl, 19, of 258 E. Telegraph Road in Lower Chanceford Township, remains in York County Prison on $800,000 bail, charged with two counts each of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property, charging documents state.
York Area Regional Police say a witness told them Meinl drove people to a home on the 2800 block of Sunset Drive around 2 a.m. on Sunday.
The witness told police Meinl and others had planned the burglary earlier, police said. The people Meinl drove to the home allegedly took $1,130 from a pantry inside before leaving in a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Meinl, police said.
Previous incident: According to charging documents, Meinl and his 16-year-old girlfriend were in his Chevrolet Malibu in heavy traffic about 4:30 p.m. April 22 near the intersection of East Broadway and North Main Street in Red Lion when they began arguing.
Meinl grabbed the girl's hair and "slammed her face into the center dash of his vehicle," documents allege. He then punched her in the mouth and head several times, according to documents.
An eyewitness told police Meinl also threw his cellphone at the girl's face, police allege.
He was charged with the third-degree felony of child endangerment, the misdemeanors of simple assault, corruption of a minor and disorderly conduct, and the summary offenses of harassment and careless driving.
Because the girl is a juvenile, Meinl had a duty to care for her, police said. Instead, he exposed her to violence and endangered the public by assaulting the girl while simultaneously driving in heavy traffic, documents allege.
Arrested: Meinl was arrested and arraigned on his charges April 25 and taken to York County Prison in lieu of bail, according to court records.
He was released from prison after his $7,500 bail was posted April 26 by a local bail bondsman, court records state.
On Monday, Meinl was arraigned at central booking on the burglary charges and was sent to York County Prison after being unable to post his new bail, according to online court records.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.