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Carlisle man faces assault, drug charges

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A Carlisle man faces assault and drug charges after police said he repeatedly beat a woman while she was driving and at various locations Friday.

Devontay Saaid Eugene McFadden, 26, of Carlisle, was charged with felony strangulation and fleeing police, and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, terroristic threats, simple assault and resisting arrest, after a series of incidents Friday night and Saturday morning.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by State Police at Carlisle, a woman who was at UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle told police that McFadden had assaulted her and threatened to kill her throughout the night at various locations.

She told police she and McFadden were at a party in Newville about 9 p.m. Friday when McFadden, who she said had taken ecstasy and Adderall, became angry with her and choked her.

He then forced her to drive him, stopping in a field somewhere in Newville where he pulled her out of the vehicle, threw her to the ground, kicked her repeatedly and threatened to kill her, police said. He forced her back into the car, where she drove him around to various locations, including parking lots in Mount Holly Springs and Boiling Springs.

The woman told police that while she was driving, McFadden struck her in the ribs several times and in the left ear. As she was driving on Route 94 to Gardners, McFadden told her he was going to kill her in a desolate area of the mountains, the affidavit said.

The woman said that she feared for her life and while she was driving 35 mph, she exited the driver’s side of the vehicle, suffering multiple injuries, according to the affidavit.

Police reported that when they were at the hospital the next morning, troopers spotted a vehicle entering the hospital parking lot at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. The trooper approached the vehicle in a patrol unit and saw McFadden in the driver’s seat, the affidavit said.

Police told McFadden to exit the vehicle, but while they were attempting to handcuff him, he fled on foot, according to the affidavit. Police used a Taser on him about 50 yards from the vehicle and took him into custody.

During a search of McFadden, police said they found multiple baggies containing heroin in his pant pocket.

Police also discovered that the registration plate on McFadden’s vehicle did not belong to it, the emission stickers were expired, that he did not have insurance and that he was driving the vehicle on a DUI-suspended license.

McFadden was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Susan Day, who set bail at $50,000 cash. He remains in Cumberland County Prison.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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