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New Hanover Police Arrest Road Rage Suspect
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2024-07-02

            New Hanover police have identified the suspect of a recent road rage incident in the township. Last week, municipal authorities arrested Keith Michael Chaney, 27, of Pottstown.

            Chaney faces two felony criminal counts of aggravated assault, along with two misdemeanor counts each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, according to information posted on a state judicial website. He is accused of shooting a gun at another vehicle while riding a motorcycle, according to information provided by John A. Ciarlello, chief of the New Hanover Township Police Department.

            Initially at 8:22 p.m. on May 29, Douglass Township officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired at a vehicle. The caller initially reported that it occurred at Bermont Motors, located at 1502 East Philadelphia Avenue. However, the officers determined that the incident occurred in the area of Big and Middle Creek Roads in New Hanover, according to police criminal complaint filed in the Douglass Township court of District Judge Maurice Saylor.

            The caller told a New Hanover officer that he and his younger brother were driving south on Route 663 when their vehicle was passed by a motorcycle. Both vehicles made a right turn onto Big Road, stopping for a traffic signal at Big Road and North Charlotte Street.

            The driver said that while they were both stopped at a traffic light near a car dealership, and the motorcycle was in the left turn lane to turn onto North Charlotte Street, he "flipped off" the motorcycle rider. According to the victim, the motorcycle instead continued to follow his vehicle.

            After both vehicles passed Boyertown Middle School East, the motorcycle pulled alongside the vehicle. The motorcycle operator appeared to reach into his sweatshirt pocket, according to affidavit of probable cause.

            It states that as the vehicle prepared to turn left onto Middle Creek Road, the victim claimed to have heard a bang and described seeing the motorcycle turn to the right and the rider extend his right hand backward. Law enforcement officials inspected the vehicle and found no signs on a bullet impact, according to the court documents.

            The operator of the motorcycle continued westbound on Big Road. The motorcycle, described as white with a red under fairing, and an extended swing arm commonly referred to as "stretched" – is similar in style to a Suzuki GSR. No injuries were sustained, according to the information from Ciarlello.

            Following a June 26 arrest and preliminary arraignment the following day, Chaney was remanded to Montgomery County jail after Douglass Township District Judge Maurice Saylor set bail in the case at $99,000 cash. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on July 16.

            Anyone who witnessed this incident or who may have information is asked to contact the New Hanover Township Police Department at 610-327-1150 or at police@newhanover-pa.org.

 

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