Cops: Men crash into SEPTA stop during all-night crack cocaine bender
Two men have been arrested after allegedly crashing into an Upper Darby SEPTA stop early Tuesday during an all-night drinking and crack cocaine binge, according to investigators.
Police said 30-year-old Jason Milam was behind the wheel of a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire around 1:30 a.m., when the car plowed through a trolley shelter near Beverly Boulevard and Garrett Road.
Officers arrived to find the vehicle, which sustained heavy front-end damage, sitting inside the shelter, which was also badly dinged.
Milam and passenger James Richard Clark, 33, both fled the scene, police said. Neighbors told investigators they saw the men running toward the 300 block of Beverly Boulevard.
After fanning out and searching the area, officers arrested Milam, who was found hiding in the bushes. He allegedly had a wax paper bag containing crack cocaine residue, investigators said.
Officers next caught up to Clark, who was also found hiding in the brush. Police said he continually resisted arrest, even breaking free after officers attempted to subdue him with a Taser, apparently to no effect.
Once police wrested Clark under control, a search of his person allegedly turned up three eight balls of cocaine, a small digital scale and several hundred dollars in cash. He was placed under arrest and taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for injuries suffered during the crash.
Milam, who was also injured, was taken to Delaware County Memorial Hospital for treatment, as well as for a blood test to check for the presence of intoxicants.
There, he allegedly told investigators and medical personnel that he had been drinking and snorting crack cocaine all night in the hours leading up to the crash, including while driving.
Milam, of Rattlesnake Road in Douglassville, Pa., is charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, accidents involving damage to unattended property, accidents involving death or injury and possessing both narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
He was arraigned Tuesday and sent to the Delaware County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $15,000 bail.
Clark, of Bayard Road in Upper Darby, will be charged with aggravated assault on police, simple assault, resisting arrest and possession of narcotics with the intent to deliver, police said. He was unable to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon, as he remained hospitalized.
Both men have had past brushes with the law, court records indicate.
Milam pleaded guilty in May 2012 to a summary charge of harassment. In July of the same year, he received citations for driving with a revoked or suspended license, accidents involving damage to unattended vehicles or property and disorderly conduct, court documents show.
He was also convicted of narcotics possession charges out of Philadelphia in August 2011.
Clark was in April ordered to undergo six months of an intermediate punishment program after pleading guilty to driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of between .10 and .16.
He was sentenced in January 2010 to 11 ½ to 23 months in jail after pleading guilty to criminal use of a communication facility and two counts of disseminating photos or film depicting child sex acts.
Clark received a prison term of six to 12 months in January 2007 after pleading guilty in Montgomery County to a felony charge of narcotics possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver.
He was also ordered to serve a four- to eight-year jail sentence in 2001, when he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of robbery, criminal conspiracy and weapons offenses out of Philadelphia.