Driver accused of fleeing Route 30 crash near Westmoreland Mall |

Driver accused of fleeing Route 30 crash near Westmoreland Mall

Paul Peirce
David L. Jellison, 27, of Hostetter, accused with fleeing scene of crash on Route 30 in Hempfield near Westmoreland Mall. June 25, 2019

Area firefighters and state police Monday searched a neighborhood along the border of Hempfield and Unity to find a man who fled the scene of a wreck on Route 30, state police said.

David L. Jellison, 27, of Hostetter, was arraigned on multiple criminal charges Tuesday in connection with the crash that occurred about 5:18 p.m. Monday at the highway’s intersection with Old Route 30.

Trooper Trent Thomas reported that after the collision, Jellison, “his face covered in blood and not wearing a shirt,” left a 2019 Chevrolet Cruz he was driving idling in park, exited the car and ran south along Old Route 30, east of Westmoreland Mall.

A property owner along nearby Sassafras Lane tipped troopers and area firemen canvassing the area Jellison was hiding in some bushes, Thomas reported.

Jellison surrendered but provided police with a false identification and gave them multiple reasons for the crash.

Initially, Jellison said he had just taken a prescribed dose of the sedative Klonipin, Thomas reported. Later, he told troopers he was reaching for a cigarette he dropped when he ran into the other vehicle.

Jellison was taken by ambulance to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg. There, he refused to provide a blood specimen for forensic examination, Thomas reported.

Police said Jellison is not licensed to drive because of a prior DUI conviction.

He was arraigned before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady on charges of fleeing the scene of an accident, providing false identification to police, driving on a suspended license, careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed and careless driving. He was ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $500 bail.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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