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Pa. man to serve at least 60 days in prison

April 27, 2001

Pa. man to serve at least 60 days in prison



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


A Shippensburg, Pa., man who led police on a high-speed chase through Chambersburg with 300 grams of marijuana in his possession will spend 60 days to 24 months in Franklin County Prison.

Ronald Richardson, 32, of 23 Spring St., was arrested Sept. 16 by Chambersburg Police after they chased him into the Wilson College campus, where he wrecked his car and fled on foot with a backpack full of marijuana, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

He was charged with driving under the influence, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, recklessly endangering others and fleeing.

"This was a 15-minute episode of one night of this man's life," defense attorney Paul Orr said, asking Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol Van Horn to consider concurrent sentences on the charges.

Orr said Richardson, who works for Roadway in Carlisle, Pa., had already lined up a local job while he was on a work-release program at the county jail, and planned to enroll in the Roxbury treatment facility after serving his sentence, "to make sure he stays on the straight and narrow."

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Richardson said he felt remorse for his actions and has quit using drugs.

Van Horn sentenced Richardson to 48 hours to 18 months on the DUI charge, 30 days to 22 months for possession with intent to deliver, 60 days to 23 months for fleeing and 24 months probation for recklessly endangering.

He was also ordered to make restitution to Wilson College for property damage.

"Your minimum incarceration is 60 days and 24 months probation," Van Horn said of the concurrent sentences.

On the night of the incident, police first noticed Richardson in the 400 block of Hollywell Avenue, stopped in the middle of the road for no apparent reason.

After a series of traffic violations, including running red lights, speeding and driving the wrong way on a one-way street, police caught up with him at Wilson College at around 11 p.m., according to the affidavit.

Police saw skid marks leading into the campus and saw the car Richardson had driven over the grass and through a tree, the affidavit said.

When police caught up with him, Richardson had 298 grams of marijuana in separate plastic bags in a backpack. Police found another 35 grams of marijuana, a scale and a marijuana pipe in the car, the affidavit said.

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