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Man charged after hitting tree; driver reached 91 mph, police say: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 4/10/19

State Police charged a Middletown man with DUI after his vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree in the 2900 block of Schoolhouse Road in Londonderry Township at about 12:45 a.m. March 31.

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Man charged after hitting tree; driver reached 91 mph, police say: Police and Courts Roundup

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State Police charged a Middletown man with DUI after his vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree in the 2900 block of Schoolhouse Road in Londonderry Township at about 12:45 a.m. March 31.

Police upon arriving found Brian Scott Brennan, 53, of the 1000 block of Spruce Street, sitting in the driver’s seat of his blue 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Brennan showed signs of being impaired from alcohol during field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test also read positive for alcohol, police said. Brennan refused to submit to a blood test, police said.

Brennan was charged with DUI, disregarding a single lane of traffic, driving at safe speed, and careless driving. His preliminary hearing is set for April 29.

Speeding in Giant parking lot

A Middletown man was charged with DUI after a borough police officer saw the man speeding and driving erratically through the Giant Food store parking lot at 450 E. Main St. at about 6:40 p.m. March 16.

William Redden Oliver Houck III, 21, of the first block of Peony Avenue, was pulled over in a 2015 black Dodge Dart sedan at the intersection of Conewago Street and Fair Avenue, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

A probable cause search of Houck’s car by police uncovered two sandwich bags containing suspected marijuana, and a glass pipe with burnt marijuana residue, police said.

A lab analysis of blood drawn from Houck at the county booking center showed he had the active ingredient of marijuana in his system at the time, police said.

Houck was charged with DUI, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, and driving and unregistered vehicle.

His preliminary hearing is set for April 29.

Man resisted arrest, elbowed cop

A Middletown man was charged with aggravated assault after borough police said he resisted arrest when they  tried to pull him over on a traffic stop.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said they began following a green 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Joseph Maneri, 52, of the 300 block of East High Street, after police said the vehicle was observed speeding eastbound on West Main Street at about 12:30 a.m. April 2.

Police followed the vehicle to Maneri’s residence, where Maneri got out but refused to return to his vehicle, police said.

Police said Maneri resisted being handcuffed and at one point elbowed the arresting officer out of the way. The arresting officer said that Maneri showed signs of being impaired from alcohol.

A second police officer was needed to assist getting Maneri into the police car as he kept resisting arrest, police said. Maneri refused to submit to a blood test at the county booking center, police said.

Maneri was arraigned before Judy on April 2 and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, DUI, obstruction of the administration of law/other government function, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

He was released after posting $5,000 bail through a bondsman. His preliminary hearing is set for April 15.

Man charged with DUI

State Police charged an Elizabethtown man with DUI after police approached him while he was in his vehicle parked on the shoulder of Route 283 eastbound in Londonderry Township at 11:39 p.m. March 23.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said that Scott Allen White, 48, of the 3500 block of Old Hershey Road, showed signs of being impaired from alcohol and could not successfully pass field sobriety tests given at the scene.

Police said White admitted to smoking “medical marijuana” before driving and had also snorted heroin earlier that day.

A search of White’s vehicle uncovered five white colored bags containing heroin, four packages of Suboxone, 10 blue glassine bags containing heroin residue, and three hypodermic needles, police said.

White submitted to a blood draw at the county booking center. Lab results are pending, police said.

White is charged with DUI of a controlled substance, illegal parking on a bridge/tunnel, and driving under suspension. His preliminary hearing is set for April 29.

Assault suspect drove off

Middletown police charged a borough man after police say he hit a woman during a fight while he was intoxicated from alcohol, and then drove away.

Police in arrest papers said that James Edwin Dietz Jr., 45, of the first block of Caravan Court, pushed the woman onto a couch and smacked her across the chest. The dispute was reported at 8:15 p.m. March 28. The woman also suffered a small injury to the ring finger of her right hand, police said.

Dietz then fled the scene, driving off in a maroon Dodge Dakota, police said.

Dietz is charged with simple assault and harassment. He is awaiting setting of a preliminary hearing.

Doing 91 in 70 mph zone

A Lancaster County man faces drug possession charges after police pulled him over for driving 91 mph eastbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at mile marker 251.4 in Londonderry Township at 8:02 p.m. March 15.

The posted speed where Kyle Ray Kohl, 18, of the 100 block of East Main Street, was driving a 2005 black Volvo sedan is 70, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police searched the car after smelling marijuana. Police found a silver metal grinder and a red glass pipe. A bag containing about 48 grams of a substance that field tested positive for marijuana was found in the trunk, police said.

Kohl was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, two counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and exceeding the posted speed by 21 mph. His preliminary hearing is set for May 13.

Man beat up and stole from victim

Middletown police charged a borough man after they said he assaulted another man in a fight in the 300 block of Ridge Avenue at 12:39 a.m. March 26.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said that Walter Anthony Veiga II, 29, of the Ridge Avenue address, assaulted the man and stole his iPhone, medical marijuana, and vape pen.

The victim had visible signs of an assault on his hands and face, and possibly a broken rib, police said. An ambulance took him to the hospital.

Veiga was charged with simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, theft by unlawful taking, and public drunkenness. His preliminary hearing is set for April 29.