Police make arrest after hit-and-run suspect posts to Facebook

David Weissman

York Area Regional Police were able to arrest a suspect in a hit-and-run involving a flagman after the driver posted a picture on Facebook of their vehicle's damage, according to police.

Police say a car struck a flagman Wednesday afternoon.

The flagman was struck by a car about 1 p.m. Wednesday on the 2900 block of Cape Horn Road in Windsor Township, police said. Witnesses told police that a small, maroon, four-door car heading north veered off the coned traffic way and struck the flagman, knocking him to the ground.

The department was alerted to a Facebook photo of a damaged car that matched the type and color involved in the hit-and-run, and officers followed up with the person who posted the photo, police said.

Flagman struck in Windsor Twp.

The vehicle was found with damage consistent with the victim and witness statements, and officers obtained a written statement placing the suspect at the scene of the incident.

Chief Timothy Damon said the individual admitted to the hit-and-run Thursday morning, but only after some questioning. The suspect was arrested and taken to central booking, but Damon said he couldn't release the person's name because charges haven't been filed yet.

Damon said he's seen other departments use social media media during investigations, but it's unusual that an arrest is made this quickly after an incident because of a social media post. The suspect was unaware that the hit-and-run incident had been posted on local news sites, Damon added.

The flagman was taken to Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Police said the man was released from the hospital and back at work Thursday morning.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.