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Hit-and-run and DUI cases reported; part of bleachers stolen: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Posted 3/20/19

A Harrisburg man faces DUI-related charges after his vehicle allegedly got stuck on a median.

Daniel Rodriguez, 40, has been charged with DUI and institutional vandalism.

At 4:07 a.m. March …

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Hit-and-run and DUI cases reported; part of bleachers stolen: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

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A Harrisburg man faces DUI-related charges after his vehicle allegedly got stuck on a median.

Daniel Rodriguez, 40, has been charged with DUI and institutional vandalism.

At 4:07 a.m. March 10, a township officer was on patrol and saw a vehicle stuck on a median on the 800 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

Rodriguez told police that he missed his turn and tried to go over the median to get onto Route 283, according to the affidavit.

The officer reported that Rodriguez had bloodshot and glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. He was placed under arrest.

According to the affidavit, he refused to submit to a blood draw.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 15.

Head-on crash injured one

A Steelton woman was taken to the hospital following a car crash on West Harrisburg Pike and Rosedale Avenue.

Township police responded to a report of a crash at 4:29 p.m. March 11. Police told the Press & Journal that it was a head-on collision between two vehicles driven by Carmen Hernandez, 60, of Steelton, and Peter Saad Abdelmalek, 41, of Mechanicsburg.

Police said Hernandez was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Police said Abdelmalek was cited with careless driving, but he does not appear in online court records.

The crash is under investigation.

Fight leads to charges

Two boys were charged after a report of a fight at Middletown Area Middle School.

Officers responded at 8 a.m. March 12. A 13-year-old township boy and a 14-year-old Middletown boy were charged with disorderly conduct.

The boys allegedly punched each other. Police said there were no serious injuries.

Marijuana citation at MAMS

A 15-year-old girl was cited with possession of a small amount of marijuana at 8 a.m. March 12 at Middletown Area Middle School.

Officers said they responded to a report of a girl smoking marijuana, and she was caught in the restroom. The girl since has moved from the district.

DUI charges for Steelton man

A Steelton man faces DUI-related charges following a traffic stop at 2:08 a.m. March 9.

Andre Jose West Jr., 22, has been charged with DUI and disregarding a traffic lane.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, officers were on patrol on West Harrisburg Pike and reportedly saw a vehicle swerve into the center turn lane, drive on the shoulder, and cross the center line.

Officers reported that he had bloodshot and glassy eyes and had the odor of alcohol.

He was transported to the booking center where a blood draw was taken. The results were not reported in the affidavit.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 17.

Car damaged in hit-and-run

A Duncannon resident reported that their vehicle was struck by another car in the 800 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard at about 7 a.m. March 13.

According to police, the driver said the other vehicle was possibly a black or gray Cadillac. The vehicle hit the victim’s vehicle’s front left quarter panel and took off toward Highspire.

The incident is under investigation. The striking vehicle would have damage to the right rear quarter panel, police said.

Anyone with information should call the Lower Swatara Police Department at 717-939-0463.

Truck tire flattened

Someone flattened a the tire of a Colebrook, Pennsylvania, resident’s truck while it was parked in the 2100 block of North Union Street.

The damage was reported at 6:49 p.m. March 12.

Police estimate the damage at $100. The incident is under investigation.

Crash leads to DUI charges

A Lancaster woman has been charged with DUI after officers responded to a report of an accident at 9:47 p.m. Feb. 28.

Karen Elizabeth Day, 45, has been charged with DUI.

Officers responded to a report of an accident at South Eisenhower Boulevard and state Route 283. According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, officers could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage as she spoke.

Officers conducted field sobriety tests, which she reportedly failed. Day was transported to the booking center, where a blood draw was conducted. The results were not reported.

Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 1.

Part of park bleachers stolen

Someone stole the rear part of the bleachers at Memorial Park on Longview Drive, according to police.

The theft was reported at 1:31 p.m. Feb. 27; police said the theft occurred overnight.

Officers did not have a cost estimate of the stolen pieces.

The theft is under investigation.

Wallet stolen from locker

An employee at the Middletown Home, 999 W Harrisburg Pike, reported the theft of a wallet containing $70 from a locker, according to police.

The theft was reported at 8:39 p.m. Feb. 22, and it is under investigation.