The man who struck a gas line in Hummelstown in July, resulting in hundreds of people being evacuated from their homes, was driving under the influence of inhalants, according to police. Manuel Leader, 18, of Hummelstown, is charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance, Illegal Use of Certain Solvents or Inhalants, Illegal Possession of Certain Solvents or Inhalants and Duties at Stop Signs. Police say Leader caused the crash on July 11th at the intersection of Wood & Waltonville Roads in Hummelstown that resulted in Leader’s vehicle leaving the roadway and striking a natural gas distribution valve.
Police say evidence and statements collected at the scene suggested that Leader was impaired at the time of collision. Subsequent toxicology testing results confirm he was under the influence of an inhalant at the time of collision.
A preliminary hearing for the related charges is scheduled for October.