Leola Woman Crashes Car In Front Of Prison, Then Runs Inside To Stash Drugs, Police Say

A Leola woman was arrested Friday, police said, after she crashed her vehicle into a truck in front of Lancaster County Prison, ran into the prison’s lobby and stashed drugs in a bathroom.

Prison Major William Aberts said that at approximately 11 a.m. a van traveling down East King Street turned right onto North Marshall Street at a high rate of speed and crashed into the left rear axle of a box truck.

“The next thing we know we have a female running across the parking lot into here saying ‘there was just an accident. I have to go to the bathroom,’” Aberts said.

A suspicious Aberts directed prison corrections Officer Kenneth Geib and K-9 Officer Jordan to do a sweep of the parking lot and bathroom.

“(Jordan) hit on — in the trash can underneath the trash bag — a rather large amount of suspected K2 (synthetic marijuana),” he said.

City police Lt. Bill Hickey said Ariel Harris, 25, of Leola, was driving the van and will be charged with various traffic violations including driving without a license and lacking vehicle registration, as well as misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

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Harris was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in relation to a separate drug possession charge, Hickey said. She will receive a summons by mail.

A supervisor with Lancaster County-Wide Communications said one individual was transported to the hospital, though it was not clear the extent of their injuries.

Officials with Lancaster EMS, which transported the victim, declined to provide details.

“I kind of found it odd,” Aberts said. “Just had an accident and first thing (she’s) worried about is, ‘Oh, I got to go to the bathroom.’”

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