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Bewildered man found in car’s trunk: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 5/29/18

A routine traffic stop became unusual for township police when they found a man hiding in the trunk of a car that also contained an array of needles and marijuana.

During an interview of a …

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Bewildered man found in car’s trunk: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A routine traffic stop became unusual for township police when they found a man hiding in the trunk of a car that also contained an array of needles and marijuana.

During an interview of a Harrisburg man in the parking lot of the Wendy’s restaurant on Eisenhower Boulevard on May 18, a police officer spotted an arm sticking out of the backseat of the 1993 Toyota Camry. Officers quickly opened the trunk and found a seemingly bewildered man. Reportedly he was unable to explain why and how long he had been in the trunk.

The investigating officer said the traffic stop was made when the driver failed to use a turn signal when exiting the Hollywood Motel on Richardson Road onto Eisenhower Boulevard.

Police found the driver’s license of the car owner, Rafael Torres, 29, of the 1000 block of Park Street, had been suspended. Police also said they smelled an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car.

In addition to the man in the trunk, police said they found marijuana, numerous needles and other items classified as drug paraphernalia in the car.

Torres was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he was charged with possession of marijuana, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and 10 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, court records noted. He is to appear before District Judge Michael Smith on June 21 for a hearing.

No charges were filed against the passenger.

Incoherent driver at restaurant

An alert employee at the Wendy’s restaurant on Eisenhower Boulevard made a call to police that ended in the arrest of a Camp Hill man.

Police said Sean Walton, 37, of the 1000 block of Letchworth Drive, was at the drive-through window at about 1 a.m. May 18 and appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants. An incident report noted that an employee of the restaurant said Walton’s 2004 Infiniti QX56 had struck a curb in the parking lot. The restaurant’s manager had attempted to speak to Walton but found him to be incoherent.

Emergency medical personnel were called and transported Walton to the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where he was examined for possible medical issues. Police noted a blood sample from Walton was drawn and tested for the presence of intoxicants. Results were not reported.

A background check showed Walton’s driver’s license had been suspended for a previous DUI-related case. Police added that the car had an ignition interlock installed but was not operating.

Court records note Walton has been charged with DUI-controlled substance (two counts), operating a vehicle without lights, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock, and driving with a BAC of 0.02 or greater while a driver’s license is suspended.

Walton is to appear before District Judge Michael Smith on June 20.

Break-in at concession stand

Police report a concession stand at an athletic field in the 1000 block of Longview Drive at Memorial Park was broken into during the early morning of May 20.

Investigators said screws to a door were pried off to gain entry. Nothing is believed to have been stolen.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Drug charges vs. Dillsburg man

Charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia have been filed against Maurice Caston, 46, of the 200 block of Capitol Hill Road, Dillsburg, court records noted.

The case stems from a routine check of vehicles in the area of the Hollywood Motel in the 100 block of Richardson Road on May 18.

Caston was driving a 2010 Toyota Scion and records showed a warrant had been issued out of Cumberland County for his arrest. In the course of the investigation, police said they found him to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and items classified as drug paraphernalia.

Caston was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where he was charged. He is to appear before District Judge Michael Smith on May 30 for a preliminary hearing.

Pain medications stolen

A resident of the first block of Nissley Drive told police her home was burglarized and prescription medications stolen.

Police believe the theft took place sometime in April when the resident was not at home. Authorities were contacted by the victim May 13.

Investigators said there was no sign of forced entry. They did not specify a quantity or the type of pain medication that was reported stolen.

Break-in at residence

Police were called to a home in the 2000 block of Fulling Mill Road to investigate a break-in that took place during the early morning of May 12.

Entry was gained by breaking a window and door in the attached garage. Nothing is believed to have been stolen.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Burglary call

Police said a flatscreen television was smashed during a break-in at a residence in the 90 block of Mic Nan Drive.

Investigators said a door was forced open to gain entry on May 6 or May 7.

The victim told police the Sanyo television had a value of $450. Police said an inventory of the home is underway.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 717-939-0463.