Police: Jacobus man pinned by SUV in argument over man's Harley

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Glen Rock man is free on bail, accused of intentionally using his SUV to pin a Jacobus man against a fence after they argued about a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

George Eugene Smith, 54, of the first block of Church Street, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and harassment.

According to charging documents filed by York Area Regional Police, Smith was driving in the 200 block of North Main Street in Jacobus about 4:20 p.m. Friday, June 8, when he insulted Dean Miller, who lives in the block.

George Eugene Smith

Miller told police that Smith called his Harley-Davidson motorcycle a piece of junk, documents state.

Miller said he walked out of his garage and followed Smith's green 1999 Honda Passport as the SUV turned into the alley next to Miller's home, according to police.

Another vehicle was blocking the alley, and Smith started honking his horn, documents state.

Smith then backed up, turned his SUV toward Miller and drove into Miller, pinning the man against his own fence, charging documents allege.

Smith then took off and fled the scene at a high rate of speed, according to police.

What witnesses saw: Two people in the alley witnessed the confrontation and assault, and both told officers that Smith deliberately drove into Miller, police said.

One witness was in Smith's car, and the other was picking up her child from a nearby home. It was her car that was blocking the alley, police said.

According to charging documents, one of them overheard Smith calling Miller's motorcycle a "junkyard Harley," prompting Miller to start walking toward Smith's SUV while asking, "What did you just say?"

Both witnesses reported that the two men exchanged more words, at which point Smith struck Miller, pinned him, then took off, documents state.

The witness inside Smith's SUV told police that Smith had picked him up and was taking him to a convenience store to buy cigarettes when the confrontation happened, documents state.

Taken to hospital: The witness said he got out of Smith's SUV before it fled the scene and checked on Miller, who is his neighbor, according to police..

Miller was taken to York Hospital by ambulance, according to police, who said he suffered rib pain and leg abrasions.

York Area Regional Police on Tuesday, June 12, declined to release Miller's age.

Smith did not return a message seeking comment.

District Judge Lindy Sweeney set bail at $2,500 unsecured, meaning Smith didn't have to post any money to remain free but could forfeit that amount if he misses court hearings.

His preliminary hearing is set for June 27.

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