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Charges against Shaffer in fiery November crash move to Dauphin County Court

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 5/12/17

Charges are heading to Dauphin County Court against Scott Shaffer, the driver of the car that was involved in an accident resulting in Shaffer and his passenger Joseph Keating being seriously injured …

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Charges against Shaffer in fiery November crash move to Dauphin County Court

Scott Shaffer
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Charges are heading to Dauphin County Court against Scott Shaffer, the driver of the car that was involved in an accident resulting in Shaffer and his passenger Joseph Keating being seriously injured on Nov. 25, 2016.

Shaffer, 19, of Lower Swatara Township, waived his preliminary hearing on Thursday, May 11, before District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Shaffer is to be arraigned in county court on July 7 on all charges that had been filed against him by township police on April 20.

The charges include aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, DUI, careless driving, and purchase of alcoholic beverages by a minor.

The one-car accident occurred about 11 p.m. in the 300 block of Stoner Drive in Lower Swatara Township, as Shaffer and Keating were coming home from Bethlehem, where they had watched the Middletown Area High School Blue Raiders football team defeat Scranton Prep in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals.

Shaffer and Keating were both pulled from the burning 2002 Nissan Maxima by citizen rescuers who were aided by first responders.

Keating and Shaffer both sustained severe burns to their lower extremities and were airlifted to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Burn Center in Allentown.

Both young men have returned home where their recovery and recuperation continues.

Blood drawn from Shaffer while he was at Lehigh Valley showed that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.135 percent, according to arrest records township police filed with Smith.

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