Police: 2 seriously hurt after DUI driver crashes on I-83 in York Twp.
A Maryland man was driving drunk when he caused a crash on Interstate 83 in York Township that crushed the pelvis of his passenger and possibly paralyzed another driver, according to state police.
Johthan Michael Murray was driving without a license, gave police a fake name and resisted arrest, charging documents state.
Murray, 29, of the 1300 block of Crofton Road in Baltimore, is now in York County Prison on $50,000 bail, charged with two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and one count of causing an accident involving death or personal injury, all felonies.
He also is charged with the misdemeanors of DUI and resisting arrest and the summary offenses of driving without a license, careless driving and failing to stay in his lane.
Murray was driving a white U-Haul rental van northbound on I-83 about 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, when he drove out of his lane and struck two other vehicles, according to charging documents filed by state police.
It happened just south of the Queen Street exit (Exit 16), police said.
Murray's front-seat passenger suffered a crushed pelvis, internal injuries and a broken leg, police said.
The driver of one of the vehicles struck by the U-Haul suffered a broken neck and might be paralyzed, according to police.
Rescue crew members from York Township Fire Department's Goodwill No. 1 station were at the scene. It took them nearly an hour to extricate one of the two injured people from the wreckage, according to the station's Facebook page.
State police arrested Murray at the scene after he gave a fake name to three troopers and had no identification with him, documents state. Troopers later determined his name, they said.
While at the station, Murray was asked to sit on a bench but refused, at which point troopers "showed him to a bench," documents state.
"That is when Murray swung his elbows at troopers and was resisting arrest," so he was handcuffed to the bench, according to charging documents.
He was then transferred to the county's central booking unit, where his blood was drawn after troopers obtained a warrant, documents state.
It is unclear if Murray has retained an attorney.
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