A New Windsor man has been charged with assault and intoxicated endangerment after allegedly crashing his car while drunk, walking away from the scene of the crash and allegedly fighting police who found him walking on the side of the road.
John Luke Schaufele, 26, of the 3400 block of Buffalo Road, is charged with five counts of second-degree assault, two counts of intoxicated endangerment and one count each resisting arrest and obstructing and hindering a police officer, according to electronic court records.
At around 1:46 a.m. Saturday, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call of a car accident around Md. 31 and Marston Road, according to charging documents, a call for help being placed from a home on the 2100 block of Marston Road.
The deputy spoke with a man who said he had been in a car accident with Schaufele at the wheel after they left a bar where they had been drinking, and that they had both knocked on the door of the home to ask for help, according to charging documents.
But the man told the deputy that Schaufele had not stayed at the home on Marston Road, but was attempting to reach his home in New Windsor on foot, according to charging documents. The caller was flown to a trauma center due to his injuries.
Police located the scene of the car accident, which was just south of Marston Road on Md. 31, and describe in the charging documents a vehicle that was sliced in half by crashing into a power line pole, with the back seats and rear of the vehicle “on the south bound shoulder approximately 100 yards south of the front half of the vehicle.”
The deputy found Schaufele walking alongside Md. 31 toward New Windsor, according to charging documents, but at the time he only identified himself as “John” and kept walking despite cuts, bruising and blood on his face.
The deputy told Schaufele that he was not allowed to leave the scene and that he should have a seat on the side of the road, but Schaufele allegedly refused, telling the deputy he was walking to a friend’s house and allegedly pushing the deputy in the chest when the officer blocked his path, according to charging documents. The deputy described Schaufele in the documents as swaying with an unnatural gait, slurring his speech and that his eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy at that time.
After Schaufele allegedly pushed the deputy multiple times, the deputy tried to place him under arrest, but Schaufele allegedly fought being handcuffed, it requiring the arrival of police backup to place him in handcuffs, according to charging documents. Schaufele allegedly continued to fight with police and paramedics after being handcuffed, kicking and head-butting two other deputies.
Schaufele was taken to Carroll Hospital where he refused treatment as well as a blood test, according to charging documents, and allegedly told police that another person was actually driving the vehicle, and that the other passenger had been sitting in the backseat of the crashed vehicle. He allegedly told hospital staff that he had been drinking at a bar but would would not tell them how much, according to the charging documents.
Police were not able to find a third person at the scene of the accident and they wrote in the charging documents that the condition of the rear portion of the vehicle made it unlikely a person in the rear of the vehicle could have survived.
Schaufele was taken to Carroll County Central Booking after the hospital, and remained there until being released later on Saturday after posting $3,000 in bail, according to electronic court records. He is due in Carroll County District Court on Nov. 15.