Lauren Shellock, 41, 905 Elmira St., White Haven, has been charged with two counts of criminal mischief, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, accident damage to unattended vehicle or property, operating vehicle without valid inspection, reckless driving and careless driving stemming from an incident that took place on June 9, 2016. Charges were filed on October 13, 2016 by Officer David O’Brien of the White Haven Police Department.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on June 9, 2016 at approximately 7:06 p. m., Officer O’Brien responded to a motor vehicle collision in the area of Middleburg Road and Sixth Street in Dennison Township.
Upon arrival, Officer O’Brien observed the vehicle on top of a fence and up against an Aqua Water Company pump station. There was no one on scene at the collision. The vehicle was a 2002 silver Chevrolet Camaro. The vehicle had severe damage to its front end and could not be driven. After the vehicle was towed, the officer contacted the owner, Michael J. Kelsch, the victim, about what happened to his vehicle. The victim stated that he had his friend, Michael J. Seniok II drove the car to Middleburg Auto in Dennison Township and arrived there at approximately 3 p. m. The victim stated that he had no idea what happened to his vehicle other than it needed to be inspected which was why it was brought there. After the vehicle was towed, a search of the vehicle revealed business checks inside the front passenger dash compartment. These checks belong to Lauren Shellock.
The officer then spoke to Michael Senick II who stated that he dropped the vehicle off at Middleburg Auto and left the keys with the business owner Lauren Shellock. Shortly after he made contact with Lauren Shellock, the defendant, about what happened. The defendant stated he left the shop at approximately 6:50 p. m. and went home. The officer informed him of the collision and asked who would have had the key. The defendant then admitted to getting in the car and moving it so it would not get hit by any other vehicles. The defendant then stated that after he moved the vehicle he put the keys into the driver side sun visor then drove home in his personal vehicle. Officer O’Brien informed the defendant about the checks located in the passenger dash compartment and he stated he had forgotten he put them there when he moved the car. The defendant also wrote a statement stating he did not drive nor crash the vehicle.
Officer O’Brien then spoke with several witnesses who stated that approximately an hour prior to the collision, they saw and heard a silver car traveling up and down Middleburg Road at a high rate of speed, revving loudly and kept turning around at the Middleburg Auto entrance.
Witness 1 stated he observed the silver Chevrolet Camaro collide into the pump station. He also informed the officer he visually identified the driver as Lauren Shellock and saw him walking away from the driver side of the vehicle back to Middleburg Auto.
Witness 2 stated that he was traveling north on Middleburg Road when he came upon the incident and saw the defendant exit the vehicle, Witness 2 informed the officer that he stopped and asked the defendant if he was okay. Witness 2 said that the defendant told him he was okay and continued to walk to Middleburg Auto.
Travelers Insurance Claims Investigator Janene Hartlieb informed the officer that the defendant reported to her that the 2002 Chevrolet Camaro had been stolen from his shop, Middleburg Auto. Hartlieb also informed the officer that company did pay the victim $13,702 which was what the vehicle was worth.
Officer O’Brien also received the repair cost for the fence around the water pump station from Dennison Township Supervisors, thus being a total repair cost of $2,255.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for November 16, 2016 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.