Police: Dover Twp. man was DUI when he crashed stolen car into another vehicle

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Craig Willis Irvine

A 62-year-old man has been accused of causing a head-on collision while allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit in a stolen car on Halloween night in Dover Township.

Craig Willis Irvine, of the 3700 block of Belmont Avenue in Dover Township, faces felony charges of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, accident involving personal injury, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

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He also faces misdemeanors of accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, two charges of driving under the influence and six other traffic infractions. 

Northern York County Regional Police filed charges Tuesday in the October head-on collision that left the other driver needing surgery to place a plate and screws in her broken wrist, according to charging documents.

Police said Irvine, with a 0.23% blood alcohol level, was driving in a stolen 2012 Dodge Avenger about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31 when he crossed the double lines and crashed head-on into another car at Davidsburg Road and Tower Drive in Dover Township, according to charging documents. In Pennsylvania, a driver is DUI with a blood alcohol level of 0.08%.

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Irvine left the scene on foot, and police later found him in someone's yard, according to charging documents, which said he complained of chest pain and couldn't stand without falling over.

Irvine said he had drunk two beers and "that he had enough to drink." Both Irvine and the woman were taken to the hospital. 

Police said the Avenger was reported stolen the next day.

Irvine was arrested Jan. 6 and released on $25,000 bail Jan. 8. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 16 before District Judge David Eshbach.

Anyone with information about the crash can submit a tip to Northern Regional Police. Call the tip line at 717-467-TELL or email tips to tips@nycrpd.org.