Police: DUI driver dragged good Samaritan through York-area parking lot

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A good Samaritan suffered broken bones and required months of therapy after being dragged through a York-area parking lot by a Lancaster County woman's vehicle nearly a year ago, police said.

Robert Clancy underwent several surgeries, has been unable to return to work and still requires physical therapy for his injuries, according to charging documents filed Thursday, Nov. 2, by York Area Regional Police.

April Ulrich

Officer Terry Meyers Jr. alleges in charging documents that April Lynn Ulrich dragged Clancy through the Sheetz parking lot at 2068 S. Queen St. in York Township shortly before 5 p.m. Nov. 23, 2016.

Ulrich, 27, of Columbia, has not yet been arraigned on her charges of driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Charging documents state that when Ulrich drove into the lot, Clancy believed something was wrong with her based on her driving, according to charging documents.

He walked over and started talking to her, recording the encounter with his cellphone because "he believed she may be impaired," documents state.

Clancy tried to convince Ulrich to hand over her car keys and said he would arrange a ride for her, but she refused, according to police.

As Clancy was calling 911 and trying to get her keys, Ulrich put her maroon PT Cruiser in drive and took off at a high rate of speed, documents allege.

Arm caught: Clancy — whose arm was caught in the steering wheel — was dragged through the lot, police said.

He eventually broke free and was thrown to the ground, police said.

Clancy suffered compound fractures to his wrist and arm, meaning bone was protruding through his skin, according to charging documents.

As Ulrich fled onto Interstate 83, her car struck and "bounced off" the concrete center barrier, documents state.

A bystander followed her onto the highway, but eventually lost sight of Ulrich in traffic as she got off I-83 at the Market Street exit, according to police.

York Area Regional Police said Officer Meyers withdrew earlier charges filed against Ulrich in the incident so he could file updated charges to more accurately represent the extent of Clancy's injuries.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.