Alcohol or drugs is suspected to be a factor in an early morning car crash in Forest Hill on the Fourth of July that sent three teenagers to Baltimore hospitals.
Harford County police believe Kyle Blake Warfield, who turned 18 in January, of the 2500 block of Pinehurst Avenue, may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol and are waiting for results from an evidence test, according to Harford County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell. Charges are pending against him.
Warfield was driving a 2005 Dodge SRT north in the 2500 block of Pinehurst Avenue around 3:05 a.m. Wednesday and speeding when he lost control and hit an embankment, according to an accident report.
He was taken to Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. His passengers, Jessica Lynn Siemasko, 16, of Fallston, and Mercedes Nicole Demski, 15, of Bel Air, were also flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to the report. All were listed in stable condition.
The vehicle was also listed as unregistered, which Worrell added later was because it was a new vehicle and Warfield allegedly switched license plates from a different registered vehicle to the Dodge before driving it.
"It is against the law to take the tags from one car and place them on another car," she wrote in an e-mail. "Each vehicle must be registered and insured."
Two of the three teenagers were trapped in the vehicle when the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company responded, according to the company's website. It took about 15 minutes to extricate them.
Siemasko and Demski were listed in fair condition at Shock Trauma Friday, and Warfield was no longer at Bayview, according to a nursing supervisor there.