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Schnitzler sentenced for transporting meth supplies

August 7, 2018

A 26-year-old Aliquippa man was sentenced Monday to three to 12 months in state prison for transporting supplies consistent with methamphetamine production, which resulted in his passenger and a tow truck driver sustaining chemical burns.

Nathan Schnitzler, formerly of Somerset Township, was charged Nov. 27 for the incident, which occurred March 21, 2017. He pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing pseudoephedrine and recklessly endangering another person.

His co-defendant, Robert Hollingshead, 33, Somerset, is wanted on a bench warrant for not appearing in court on July 16. He faces charges of drug delivery and risking a catastrophe, both felonies, and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, knowingly possessing pseudoephedrine and recklessly endangering another person.

According to court documents, Schnitzler, the driver, and Hollingshead, the passenger, were involved in a one-vehicle crash on Pilltown Road in Jenner Township.

Schnitzler was “not making any sense” and was falling asleep while being questioned, according to state police. Two white pills were found in Schnitzler’s pants pocket, police said.

The men were arrested and transported to Somerset Hospital.

Along the way, the men began to complain about hand pain. The officer wrote that Hollingshead appeared to have a chemical burn on his hands.

A tow truck driver, who came into contact with a substance in the vehicle, told police that he received third- and fourth-degree burns and had to be treated by a doctor. Schnitzler was ordered to pay $259 to the tow truck driver.

State police determined that the vehicle contained items that are used in meth production. A blood test showed that Schnitzler had several drugs in his system at the time of the wreck, including meth.

He must pay the costs of prosecution and supervision and $200 in fines, President Judge D. Gregory Geary said Monday.

Schnitzler was sentenced from a state prison, where he is being held for another matter also involving meth. He was sentenced Jan. 29 to four to eight years in state prison for multiple charges, including endangering the welfare of a child. Police said Schnitzler transported his then-6-year-old son in a car littered with drug paraphernalia and meth residue on April 1, 2017.

Geary ordered the new sentence to run concurrently with the existing sentence.

Schnitzler’s attorney was David Leake, of Somerset. Hollingshead’s attorney is public defender Sara Huston.

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