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Police: Man DUI, speeding, says he's not 'super smart'

Christopher Dornblaser
717-505-5436/@YDDornblaser

A Lancaster County man reportedly had little to explain his alleged actions early Saturday morning, when police said he drove more than 100 mph on Route 30 with an estimated blood alcohol content of .243 — more than three times the state legal limit, according to charging documents.

William Leonard Klase III, 26, of 8 W. Market St., Apt. 5, Marietta, was pulled over by Hellam Township Police, and when he was told how fast he was going, he said, "I never said I was super smart, dude," police allege.

Klase is charged with two counts of fleeing or attempt to elude police officers, one count of DUI and summary traffic violations, according to charging documents.

William Leonard Klase III

Speeding: After he was stopped, Klase told police he was coming from Good Times, a bar in Columbia, and met a woman at a convenience store and followed her, police said. The woman called police, causing him to take off eastbound in an attempt to get home, according to documents. She said he had followed her from the bar to Springettsbury Township, according to police.

The call to police happened about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Hellam Township Police were given info on the car by Springettsbury Township Police, and officers positioned themselves at Kreutz Creek Road on the ramp onto Route 30 east.

At about 2:55 a.m., Klase was seen driving his silver Volkswagen, and the officer had to accelerate to close to 110 mph to catch up with him, documents state. The Hellam Township officer turned on his emergency lights in attempt to pull over Klase. Klase got off the Wrightsville exit and continued to drive, and a Wrightsville Police officer had to pull in front of Klase to stop him, according to police. The officer was stopped in front of a stop sign at Cool Creek Road, documents state.

When the officer approached Klase, a strong odor of alcohol could be smelled from the car, and when Klase exited the car, alcohol could be smelled on him as well, police said.

After explaining what had happened before he drove away on Route 30, Klase began to cry, saying he didn't want to be in trouble, documents state. He told officers that he had last had alcohol about an hour earlier, police said.

"Klase then stated, 'Just take me in,'" charging documents say.

When given a preliminary breath test, Klase's BAC was estimated at .243, more than three times the state limit of .08, according to police.

Klase was taken to central booking, where he declined a blood draw for chemical testing, according to police. He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.