Thomas H. Kelley VI
Thomas H. Kelley VI

A York County judge on Friday pleaded guilty to summary offenses filed against him after he crashed into a fire hydrant and failed to notify police.

Common Pleas Judge Thomas H. Kelley VI, 50, pleaded guilty to careless driving, accidents involving damage to unattended property and failure to notify police after causing an accident, according to online court records.

District Judge Scott Laird fined Kelley a total of $597.50, which the judge paid in full, records state.

York Area Regional Police filed the citations Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened about 9:40 p.m. Saturday on Nightlight Drive in York Township, according to Sgt. Jeff Dunbar.

Hit hydrant: Kelley's Mercedes struck and damaged a fire hydrant, the sergeant said; the damage did not cause water to leak from the hydrant.

The judge left the scene and did not call police, Dunbar said.

Police found vehicle debris at the scene, he said.

The next day, officers returned to search again in the daylight and found more car debris at the end of Kelley's driveway, according to Dunbar.

Lives nearby: The judge lives in the neighborhood where the accident happened.

An officer asked the judge if he'd been involved in a crash, and Kelley confirmed he had, Dunbar said.

The judge then showed the officer the damage on his car, the sergeant said.


Attorney Chris Ferro, speaking on Kelley's behalf, said the judge was "completely cooperative and forthcoming" with police.

"It's a simple misunderstanding as to the technical requirements of the motor-vehicle statute," he said.

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