Police: Man on drugs caused Newberry Twp. crash

A York Haven man had taken drugs just before causing a crash in May that sent his passenger to the hospital with serious injuries, according to officials.

Newberry Township Police say Carl Emerson Chaney's actions caused the car to roll over and land on its roof, sending him and a passenger to Hershey Medical Center for treatment.

Chaney, 32, of the first block of South Landvale Street, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, DUI, recklessly endangering another person and summary traffic violations.

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Crash: According to court documents, the vehicle crashed in the area of York Haven Road and South Landvale Street about 4:45 p.m. May 9. 

When police arrived, emergency crews had already removed a 1-year-old girl from the vehicle, but Chaney and a female passenger were still in the car, upside down, officials said.

The passenger told police that Chaney had taken synthetic drugs before he got behind the wheel, and he was "acting insane," officials said. She said she tried to make Chaney slow down, but he was "just acting crazy," documents state.

Police say the passenger told authorities they were coming from York Haven when the crash happened. Both she and Chaney were taken to Hershey Medical Center for treatment.

Officer Trevor Stuck spotted drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, officials said. Additionally, police say a medical syringe was found in the trunk of the  car.

Newberry Township Police Chief Steve Lutz said the vehicle drove off the road and flipped on its roof. The chief said investigators believe it was Chaney's actions, the speed of the vehicle and the drugs that led to the crash.

He said the 1-year-old, who is the passenger's child, did not suffer serious injuries. Chaney's injuries were not life threatening, Lutz said.

Test: While in the hospital, Chaney submitted to a blood draw by authorities, charging documents state. The results showed that Chaney had marijuana and Tramadol, a prescription narcotic, in his system during the crash, officials said.

On May 23, police spoke to Chaney, who told police he was not on prescription medication at the time of the crash, documents state.

The passenger told police she suffered a clavicle separation and a broken heel in five different places. Additionally, she had surgery, and doctors had to put a plate and screws into her heel, charging documents state.

Charges were filed Monday, June 18, and Chaney was arraigned on them Wednesday, June 20. He remains free on $20,000 unsecured bail. A phone number could not be found for him, and he does not have an attorney listed.

Chaney's preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 23 at District Judge Scott Gross' office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.