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Police: Man destroys pool, floods basement in Spring Garden Twp.
A Dover Township man fleeing from police ended up crashing into a pool, destroying it, before hitting a home and causing the pool water to flood the basement, according to police.
State police say Khalil Jihad Palm was fleeing from police when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a Spring Garden Township pool and home Sunday, Jan. 28.
Palm, 18, of the 3200 block of Village Court Drive, is charged with flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing or attempting to elude officer, DUI, recklessly endangering another person and summary traffic violations, among other charges.
Fleeing from police: According to police, a trooper spotted a silver Ford sedan traveling south on Queen Street in York Township about 11 p.m. Sunday.
The trooper noticed that the vehicle wasn't staying in its lane and that the registration was improperly displayed, court documents allege.
The vehicle turned left onto Springwood Road, and police say the trooper attempted to pull over the car as it turned right into a McDonald's parking lot.
The driver, later identified as Palm, didn't stop and got back onto Springwood Road, going through a red light at the intersection of Springwood Road and Hollywood Drive, documents state.
Those documents state he turned left onto Hollywood Drive going about 75 mph, and he was unable to control the car while negotiating a curve, causing the vehicle to travel through two private properties, police said.
Crash: State police spokesman Trooper James Spencer said the car struck a small cherry tree and a flag pole and proceeded through a fence, destroying about 30 feet of it.
It nearly struck an air conditioning unit on the side of a house in the 1100 block of Ruxton Road before it struck an above-ground pool, destroying it, Spencer said.
York Area United Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Matt Arnold said the vehicle then hit the home, going about two to three feet inside it.
“The pool was still full of water, so it significantly slowed the vehicle down," Arnold said.
Spencer and Arnold said the impact broke multiple windows in the 2½-story home, including the basement windows.
“Unfortunately for the homeowner, the water for the pool flooded into the basement of the home,” Arnold said.
Police said two people were inside the home, a woman and a teenage girl, and neither was injured, according to Arnold.
Arnold said the home is still habitable. He did not have a damage estimate Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Got out: Police say Palm got out of the car, which had an odor of marijuana and alcohol emanating from it.
Palm was taken into custody, and he repeatedly gave police a fake name, according to court documents.
Inside the car, police found suspected marijuana, heroin and what looked to be alcohol in a red cup, officials said. Trooper Shannon Eichenseer wrote in charging documents that Palm had enough heroin to sell it.
Police later found Palm's real name and discovered he had several active warrants for drug possession, officials said. Additionally, police say Palm's license is suspended.
Palm told a firefighter at the scene that he smoked marijuana, documents state.
He was taken to York Hospital, where he refused to submit to a blood test, police said.
Palm was arraigned on the charges Monday, Jan. 29, and was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20 at District Judge Scott Laird's office.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.