WATERBORO - A Waterboro teen was arrested on a charge of eluding a police officer after crashing his car into a home on West Road Tuesday night.
Jeremy Sterling, 18, may also face additional charges in the incident, which included a high-speed chase, according to Maj. William King with the York County Sheriff's Office.
No one was seriously injured in the crash, which totaled Sterling's silver Honda Accord and did minor damage to the front porch of a home at 18 West Road, which is owned by Dorothy Thyng, King said.
It all started at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night when a motorist approached Deputy Darren Cyr, whose cruiser was parked on Route 111 in Lyman, to report a possible drunk driver.
The motorist said the other vehicle had just turned onto Route 35 from Route 111 and told Cyr the driver was driving erratically and may be impaired, King said.
Cyr located the vehicle on South Waterboro Road in Lyman. Cyr observed the vehicle for a short time and confirmed that the driver was operating in an erratic manner, such as crossing the centerline several times.
At that time Cyr initiated a traffic stop and asked the driver, who turned out to be Sterling, whether he'd had anything to drink. Sterling responded he had not been drinking and Cyr then requested a driver's license and registration, King said.
At that point Sterling's passenger, Connor Monro, 18, of Newfield, opened the glove box to obtain the registration. When Monro opened the glove box, Cyr could clearly see it contained a glass pipe and a small baggie, which he suspected held marijuana.
When Cyr began to inquire about the contents of the glove box, Sterling abruptly placed his car in gear and drove off. Cyr initiated pursuit and estimates Sterling reached speeds as high as 80 miles per hour, according to King.
Sterling then ran a red light at the intersection of South Waterboro Road and Main Street (Route 202) and lost control. The Honda careened onto West Road where it crashed into Thyng's home, damaging the front porch.
King said Sterling was treated at the scene but refused to be taken to the hospital. Munro suffered minor lacerations to his head and was taken by ambulance to Goodall Hospital where he was treated and released.
King said Sterling is set to appear in court on Sept. 1 and added his office is continuing the investigation and is considering charging Sterling with other motor vehicle violations, as well as drug charges.