A drunken, off-road joy ride led to three people sustaining serious injuries this weekend in Milan Township.
"These are not life-threatening injuries," said Chief Deputy Jared Oliver, of the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
The driver, Phillip M. Schaeffer, 23, of 11219 Thomas Road, Monroeville, was charged with driving under the influence. One of his two passengers, Joanna A. Michel, 18, of 8214 Southwest St., Bellevue, was charged with underage consumption.
Fisher-Titus Medical Center employees notified the sheriff's office about 12:30 a.m. Sunday after a man dropped off Michel with injuries related to a joy-riding incident. Deputies reported the victim's "right ear was 'mangled' and partially tore away from her head" and she also had "significant head injuries."
Shortly after deputies arrived, another occupant in the same pickup truck, Timothy Davlin, 22, of Bellevue, came to the hospital with "substantial facial injuries," according to the deputy's report.
Deputies determined Davlin and Michel were in the truck driven by Schaeffer, who reported wrecking in a field on his family's farm when he was "off-roading ... through the picked bean field and ran into a creek" due to the rain-related mud. Deputies further reported they smelled alcohol on Schaeffer's breath. The driver also had facial injuries.
Davlin was admitted overnight at Fisher-Titus to see "a nose doctor," Oliver said. A deputy's report says Davlin had large cuts above his right eye and on the bridge of his nose.
"He had some severe facial injuries that (had) to be examined the next morning," Oliver said.
Schaeffer and Michel have been released from the hospital.
During their investigation, deputies found two wreckers removing a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado from a steep ditch in the 2600 block of Strecker Road in Milan Township.
Oliver said more charges could be pending once deputies receive information from medical reports.