Police: Lewisberry hit-and-run driver hid in brush

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Lewisberry man took off and hid from police after crashing into a pickup truck in June but left behind his identification, an empty bottle of Jägermeister and some beer, police said.

Shane Michael Fetterolf, 29, of North Street, remains in York County Prison on $15,000 bail.

He is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, hit and run, causing an injury accident while not properly licensed, causing an accident to an attended vehicle, failing to stop and provide information or render aid, failing to notify police of an injury crash, careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed, failing to stay on the right side of the road, driving with a DUI-suspended license and driving without insurance.

Shane Michael Fetterolf

Newberry Township Police say Fetterolf caused a crash at East Front Street and Lewisberry Road in Lewisberry about 7 p.m. June 10 that injured another driver.

That other driver, David Altland, suffered a concussion and injuries to his back and neck from the crash, according to charging documents.

The crash: Altland told police he was southbound on East Front Street and approaching the stop sign at Lewisberry Road when a red Mercury Cougar heading westbound turned right onto East Front Street, documents state.

"The vehicle was traveling at such a high rate of speed the tires ... were squealing," charging documents state.

The Mercury crossed the center line and crashed into Altland's Chevrolet Colorado, which sustained heavy damage and was disabled, police said.

Fetterolf walked over to Altland and said he needed to move his vehicle, but that's the last Altland saw of him at the scene, according to police.

Officers found an empty bottle of Jägermeister on the floor of the Mercury and an open can of beer in a book bag that was on the front passenger seat, police allege.

"There were multiple documents in the vehicle that had Fetterolf's name on (them)," charging documents state, as well as his wallet.

Police said Fetterolf's license is suspended for having a DUI.

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Just 'driving around': Fetterolf went to the police station the day after the crash and initially gave police a "false story" about where he was at the time of the crash, according to charging documents.

He then told officers he was "driving around trying to get his mind off some personal things in his life" when he struck Altland's truck, police said.

"Fetterolf said he then became scared of the situation and he fled the scene on foot," documents state.

He told officers he hid in some nearby brush and waited there until police cleared the scene, police said.

"Fetterolf then told me multiple times that he messed up and he should not have done that," Officer Trevor Stuck wrote in charging documents.

He was arraigned on his charges Friday, July 20. It's unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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