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Police: Manheim Twp. man crashed car while drunk, injured three passengers

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

A Manheim Township man crashed his car while driving drunk in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, sending his three passengers to the hospital, police said.

James Richard Fisher, 34, called police to report he had crashed his car in the 6500 block of Steltz Road in Codorus Township and that he had been drinking alcohol before the crash, charging documents state.

When police arrived, firefighters were pulling a rear passenger out of the car, documents state. A second passenger had been taken to York Hospital by ambulance, and a third passenger was being air lifted to the hospital, police said.

One man suffered a broken femur and another was unconscious, police said.

James Richard Fisher

Fisher reportedly declined to do any field sobriety tests and told police he knew he was "over the legal limit and should not be driving," charging documents state. Instead, he offered to take a breath test and blood test to check his blood alcohol level, police said.

Court documents state that Fisher told police he'd had five beers and about four shots of 100 proof liquor and that he had his last drink just before getting in the car.

He said he was driving about 55 mph, police said.

Fisher is charged with the felonies of aggravated assault by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, as well as the misdemeanor of driving under the influence in a first offense and summary traffic violations.

He was released on $10,000 bail and his preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 25 before District Judge Thomas Reilly.

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