Police: After crashing stolen truck, 2 abandoned teens

JERSEY SHORE – After crashing a pickup truck on Route 880 and leaving two injured teenage girls along the side of the road, two Clinton County men and a 17-year-old boy ran from the scene and went to a nearby home, where they allegedly stole a man’s 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, according to state police.

Devon Paul Bowmaster, 20, of McKinny Road, Lock Haven, and Paul Steven Sample, 25, of Linwood Drive, McElhattan, surrendered Wednesday at the office of District Judge Jerry C. Lepley to face felony charges of theft and receiving and a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

No information was available on whether the 17-year-old was going to be petitioned into juvenile court for his alleged role in the theft of the vehicle that occurred shortly after the crash at Route 880 and Middle Road in Limestone Township about 2 a.m. on Oct. 14.

An affidavit states that Bowmaster was the driver of the pickup truck and also the one that got behind the wheel of of the PT Cruiser that was stolen from Donald Bickel’s home in the 1200 block of Route 880.

Sample, who also goes by the name “Hot Pocket,” and the teens rode as passengers in the stolen car, police said. The vehicle later was found abandon at a park in McElhatten, police said.

Nippenose Valley Fire Chief Dean Miller, one of the first emergency responders at the crash scene, said both female passengers had extricated themselves from the wreckage and were taken by ambulances to the Jersey Shore Hospital.

Miller said it appeared that the truck had first struck a utility pole and a business sign before ramming four large rocks. No charges have been filed as a result of the crash, which remains under investigation.

Following their arraignments before Lepley, Bowmaster and Sample were released on $20,000 bail each. Bowmaster also has been charged with driving without a license.