Police: Md. man crashed into home, displaced resident

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Yoni Mejia, 23, of Maryland, is accused of driving a car into a Shrewsbury home on Sunday.
  • The crash caused the building to become "structurally unsafe," displacing one resident.
  • Mejia remains free after posting $2,500 bail.

A Maryland man is accused of crashing his vehicle into a Shrewsbury home in the early morning hours on Jan. 15, causing the home to be structurally unsafe and displacing one resident, according to Southern Regional Police.

Yoni Mejia, 23, of Maryland Line, Maryland, is charged with DUI, reckless driving and other summary traffic offenses, according to online court records.

Yoni Mejia

Incident: Police say about 12:15 a.m., Mejia was driving north in the 500 block of South Main Street when his vehicle crossed the southbound lane and left the road. His car went through one lawn, then through a fenced-in front yard and landed on the front porch of a building, police said.

Police say Meija smelled strongly of alcohol and had trouble speaking with emergency personnel. Additionally, he had no identification on him, police said.

Chief: One seriously injured in Shrewsbury Twp. crash

According to the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Co.'s website, Mejia's vehicle  and the building were severely damaged.

The fire company told the owner of the building that it would be uninhabitable until a construction company stabilized the rest of the damaged structure. The fire department was able to repair some of the damage.

The occupant of a second-floor apartment was relocated to a family member's home, the fire department said. Fire crews cleared the scene about 2:30 a.m.

Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Co. respond to a car crash into a building in the Shrewsbury Borough Sunday morning. Photo courtesy Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Co.

Arrest: According to charging documents, Mejia was taken to York Hospital for treatment after the crash. When speaking with police, he gave the officer three different spellings of his first name, "Jhnny," "Jnny" and "Jonny," police said.

"He seemed to not know how to spell his actual name," the officer wrote in charging documents.

The officer found a Facebook profile with Mejia's picture where his name is spelled "Yoni," police said.

Police say he was potentially lying or being deceptive about his identity, according to documents.

Mejia was taken to central booking where he was fingerprinted, and police say it was determined he was an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala.

After investigating, authorities said Mejia had a DUI charge from Maryland and had no driver's license.

Driver in fatal crash had history of DUIs

District Judge James S. Miner set Mejia's bail at $2,500, which he posted Jan. 17, according to a York County Prison official.

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