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Pa. man charged with multiple counts after accident

September 07, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Two vehicles involved in a collision Sunday at the intersection of Potomac and North streets in Waynesboro, Pa., came to rest on the sidewalk at the southeast corner of the intersection.
Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., man faces 16 charges, including driving under influence, after a serious accident Sunday night in the Borough of Waynesboro.

Waynesboro police said they were pursuing William R. Heise, 57, before the 10:45 p.m. accident at the intersection of North Potomac Street and North Street. Firefighters had to cut apart the silver Pontiac that police say was struck by Heise's sport-utility vehicle, and they pulled the driver and passenger out of the two-door car.

Those individuals, who were not identified by police, were flown by helicopters to York (Pa.) Hospital's trauma center.

Heise was charged with DUI, an accident resulting in serious bodily injury or death, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, fleeing police, driving while license is suspended or revoked and 11 other counts, according to police.

In a news release, Police Chief Mark King said his department was alerted to a erratic driver by the Franklin County (Pa.) 911 Center. They were told the vehicle, a white Ford Explorer, was traveling east through Zullinger, Pa.

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A man told police and a reporter at the scene that he was following the vehicle and providing updates about passing and swerving to 911 dispatchers. The man, who did not give his name, told the reporter he first noticed the SUV in West Virginia, followed it on Interstate 81 and continued to trail it on Pa. 16.

Police did not intercede until Pennsylvania, he said.

A Waynesboro officer following the SUV saw it swerve several times in its own lane and cross into oncoming traffic, the news release stated.

The officer attempted to stop the SUV, but it turned into the Turkey Hill parking lot and ran over a median, police said. It left the parking lot and continued north on CV Avenue, police said.

The Explorer "slowed as if (the driver) was going to pull over and almost struck a line of parked cars," the news release stated.

The vehicle continued in an alley, hitting a picket fence and a stone wall, police said. The motorist drove the wrong way on North Street, which is a narrow, one-way street for westbound traffic, police said.

An officer saw the Explorer continue into the intersection of North Potomac Street and North Street without stopping, the news release stated. Police said it collided with the Pontiac and pushed the car toward the east side of the intersection and onto the sidewalk.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

Heise and a female passenger were treated for minor injuries at Waynesboro Hospital and released, police said.

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