A former Mount Joy man is facing a charge of tampering with evidence in connection to a drug-related death nearly three months ago in Penn Township.
Timothy Shawn Kelley II, 25, took heroin and marijuana from the hand of a 25-year-old man who overdosed July 1 at a home in the 800 block of Holly Tree Road, officials said.
He fled the home but returned later to place drug-related items in the room of the deceased, according to Northern Lancaster County Regional police.
Kelley has been behind bars at Lancaster County Prison since July 26 on unrelated charges.
Emergency personnel responded to the Holly Tree Road home just before 4:30 a.m. for a report of an overdose.
Officials located the deceased male but found no drugs or paraphernalia at the scene, according to authorities.
Two empty heroin bags were later found in the man’s bedroom, according to police.
Through an investigation, officials learned that Kelley was with the man when he overdosed, authorities said.
Kelley admitted to police that he removed two bags of heroin, a bag of marijuana and a hypodermic needle from the deceased and fled the home before emergency personnel arrived, officials said.
Kelley returned to the home later in the day, after investigators had gone, and placed the empty heroin bags in the bedroom of the deceased so they would be found by the man’s parents, according to an arrest affidavit.
Kelley was charged Sept. 13 by Detective Theresa Stauffer with a misdemeanor count of tampering with evidence. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 2.
Kelley faced charges last year after a Thanksgiving Day crash in West Hempfield Township, during which he left a woman in a burning car as he fled.
The woman had to be freed from the vehicle by emergency personnel and required treatment at a local hospital. Investigators said Kelley was driving at about 75 mph when he lost control rounding curve, then struck a wall and a house in the 700 block of Prospect Road.
Kelley pleaded guilty in June of this year to charges of reckless endangerment, accidents involving death or personal injury and driving under suspension. He was sentenced to three years of probation, court papers show. At the time of the crash, Kelley was wanted on burglary charges.