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Philipsburg man issued warrant

CLEARFIELD — A bench warrant was issued for a Philipsburg man who failed to appear for a hearing in an aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI case.

Jeffrey Wayne Schnarrs, 26, is also charged with aggravated assault and accidents involving death or personal injury, all felonies.

A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County with all charges being sent to the court of common pleas.

The charges stem from a single vehicle accident on Aug. 16 on Hardscrabble Road in Morris Township.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the driver lost control after driving off the westbound shoulder and into wet grass. The vehicle struck a stump and began to flip uncontrollably prior to coming to a rest.

Both the driver and passenger exited the vehicle and left the scene.

A witness told investigators that she was on the phone with the passenger during the crash and indicated Schnarrs was driving. This witness went to pick them up, but when she got to the accident scene, they were already gone. At that point, the passenger was not returning her calls.

Later, the passenger contacted 911 because Schnarrs was unresponsive at a residence. The two were then transported to the hospital for treatment.

In her interview with police on Aug. 26, the victim admitted she and Schnarrs had been drinking that night. They were on their way to pick up food when she spoke on the phone with the witness.

After Schnarrs crashed, a man stopped to help them, but when he walked away, Schnarrs grabbed her hand and said “run,” she told police.

Next, she remembered being in a bush and waiting for someone to pick them up. The witness called her again, and she told her she was really hurt and needed help.

The door to their residence was kicked in by the witness’s boyfriend after the victim was unable to get up to open it and Schnarrs was unresponsive.

Prior to the accident, the victim told police she tried to get Schnarrs to stop the car.

The victim reportedly suffered a broken sternum, concussion, broken rib, broken neck and a partially collapsed lung.

Schnarrs’ medical records indicated his blood alcohol content was 0.158 percent and he also tested positive for marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.

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