04 January 2024- While the driver of a vehicle involved in an August crash near the Franklin/Adams County border around Waynesboro is charged with multiple felonies, it appears that both him and his juvenile passenger are lucky to be alive. Deontae Michael Shrader is charged with felony aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, felony accident involving injury while not licensed, felony fleeing an officer, three misdemeanor counts of DUI, misdemeanor reckless endangerment, and three citations. Shrader was released following arraignment on a $25,000 unsecured bail.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were dispatched to assist in a vehicle crash in the area of the Washington Township Transfer Station on August 20th, 2023. Leading up to the crash, Liberty Township, Adams County, officers say they observed a vehicle in the 1200 block of Waynesboro Pike driving extremely erratically when they tried to pull the vehicle over. That vehicle, now determined to be a 2009 Honda Civic, accelerated and illegally passed numerous cars at high speeds before officers ended the chase.
It was shortly after this initial pursuit that reports were made by the driver of another vehicle that said he was almost run off the road by the Civic. This witness told police that the vehicle had crashed after driving over the cliff in the 12700 block of Buchanan Trail East.
Responding crews extricated the passenger from that car, taking them to a helipad and later to York Trauma Center for treatment. Police say the passenger was found still seat belted in the passenger seat with his leg pinned by the dash and his upper body laying in the back seat. The driver of the vehicle was taken to Meritus Medical Facility by ambulance.
That driver was identified at the hospital as Deontae Shrader, who had a suspended license and was intoxicated. Shrader reportedly denied chemical testing of his blood but toxicology was nonetheless collected. Body-worn cameras on the scene reportedly showed Shrader denying the DL-26 form (the legal blood testing form), saying “not while I’m drunk”. Toxicology on Shrader’s blood later showed that nearly an hour and a half after the crash he had a BAC of .184%.
The juvenile victim of the crash was taken to York Trauma Center but was later transported to Penn State Hershey Medical Center due to injuries in his jaw. Police say that the crashed caused the victim’s jaw to be broken in five places and his leg to be broken in two places. Additionally, police say that the victim suffered an ischemic stroke, necessitating pressure be released from his skull.
The parents of the victim were able to get information to the police detailing the speed at which the two young men were driving on that night. WTPD were able to establish, utilizing a tracking app, that the vehicle was traveling anywhere between 115mph and 122mph prior to the crash.
Deontae Shrader is free on an unsecured bail of $25,000. His preliminary hearing is set for January 16th.
Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39302-CR-0000005-2024, Incident No.: WTPD202307208