A Maryland man who was trying to commit suicide when he randomly drove into York County won't face charges after slicing his own throat and crashing his car on Indian Rock Dam Road, police said.

Spring Garden Township Police Chief George Swartz said a 23-year-old man from Owings, Md., had for weeks been dealing with "extreme anxiety" due to personal issues when he drove into York on the evening of Jan. 17.

The man was headed eastbound around 6:10 p.m. in the 400 block of the road when he crashed his 2007 Honda Civic into a speed limit sign, a utility pole and a sign for a meat market, Swartz said.

A witness who reported the crash said the man, traveling alone, crawled out of the car and collapsed on the ground. Responding officers found the man unconscious, Swartz said.

"It appears he had just come up from Maryland and randomly ended up on Indian Rock Dam Road," Swartz said. "He was taken by ambulance to York Hospital for the self-inflicted wound and the accident, then kept for a mental health evaluation."

Police hadn't released information on the crash until a later interview with the man confirmed the throat injury was self-inflicted, he said.

No charges will be filed due to the circumstances involved, as the chief is just hoping the man is receiving the medical treatment he needs, he said.

"My understanding is that they did keep him for a period of time, and we do know his parents are with him and we're hopeful he's getting a course of treatment that will improve his mental outlook," Swartz said.


- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.