Police: Pennsylvania man arrested after allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, assaulting woman

Police: Pennsylvania man arrested after allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, assaulting woman
Steven Michael McDevitt, 30, of Hanover, Pennsylvania (Courtesy photo)

Steven Michael McDevitt, 30, of Hanover, Pennsylvania, was arrested Monday after he allegedly assaulted a woman, struck a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and smashed the window of a vehicle, police said.

McDevitt was charged with seven counts including second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property and reckless endangerment. He also received a traffic citation for failure of a driver to stop after an accident involving vehicle/ property damage.


Bail was initially set at $15,000, but he was held without bond following a Tuesday bail review, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of probable cause, Maryland State Police troopers responded to the North Carroll Senior and Community Center in Hampstead for a reported assault in the parking lot.

A trooper spoke to a woman who said she was contacted by McDevitt that day and asked to pick him up after he wrecked the vehicle he was driving. She met him in the parking lot of the senior center where she said she observed him to be under the influence of controlled dangerous substances. They began to argue and she said she would call the police, she told troopers, according to the statement.

At that time, McDevitt became angry and started to try to take the woman’s phone while striking her in the head and face, and grabbing her arms, she told police. He threw the phone to the ground in an effort to smash it.

He then took a metal hand crank for a car jack and used it to smash the rear window of the vehicle in which the woman had arrived. A child was seated in the back seat of the vehicle at the time. The woman and the child went toward the senior center where an employee let them in and called police, the woman said, according to the statement.

McDevitt then took the woman’s vehicle and left, she told police. Police observed an injury to the woman’s eye and cheek, and scratches on her wrist, according to the statement.

Another individual contacted McDevitt by phone and asked him to return to the senior center. When he arrived, troopers observed that he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. He said he was under parole in Pennsylvania and had left the scene out of fear he would go to jail, according to the statement.

He said he had been returning to Hanover earlier that day when he got a flat tire in Hampstead. He could not recall where he got the flat or where the vehicle currently was.

He said he called the woman and asked her to pick him up, but when she arrived and threatened to call police he got “stupid” and angry, and tried to take the phone. He said she began striking him, and he struck her back and threw the phone to the ground, according to the statement.

Further, he said he did use the hand crank to smash the window of the vehicle and said he knew it was not smart but he was “really angry” and “acting stupid,” he told police according to the statement.

Police observed the rear window of the vehicle to be shattered. A broken cellphone was located in the parking lot, according to the statement.

Troopers observed a vehicle in the parking lot of the senior center that appeared to have rear end damage.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies then were able to locate the vehicle the man had first driven in the parking lot of the Hampstead Walmart. The vehicle had three flat tires, heavy front end damage and was leaking engine fluid, according to the statement. The vehicle was towed.

Police searched the vehicle that the woman had arrived at the senior center in and McDevitt had later driven. Search returned a used hypodermic syringe containing suspected heroin and another capped syringe, according to the statement.


A court date is scheduled for May 1.