A Pennsylvania man has been charged for allegedly causing a crash while intoxicated and then driving his car into a police cruiser. He faces a variety of charges, including aggravated assault. The initial accident happened at approximately 8:30 pm on July 10 on Sugar Maple Street in Paint Township. The 38-year-old driver of a Suzuki Vitara allegedly forced another driver off the road, causing that car to hit several mailboxes.
Police say they found the accused in his car on a nearby dirt road. When police confronted him, they claim he intentionally drove his car into the front of the police cruiser. According to police reports, the officer then got out of his car, drew his gun and ordered the driver to stop his vehicle. The police officer said the driver responded by backing up, driving into the police cruiser again and holding his foot on the accelerator. The police officer reached into the passenger side window of the Vitara and turned off the ignition.
The driver was arrested on multiple charges, including aggravated assault, fleeing police, recklessly endangering another person, DUI, public drunkenness, and driving without insurance, among others. Police say the accused had a blood-alcohol content of 0.341 percent. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is 0.08 percent. The accused posted $5,000 bond and was released from custody.
Drunk driving charges can lead to serious penalties, but sentences for aggravated assault convictions can be more severe. An attorney with criminal defense experience could help individuals facing these types of charges by analyzing the circumstances of the arrest, preparing evidence and witnesses and presenting the accused's side of the story in court. There may be supporting evidence or testimony that could help an accused avoid conviction. If a conviction can't be avoided, an attorney could negotiate on the accused's behalf for a plea of reduced charges and penalties.
Source: The Tribune-Democrat, "Windber man charged after crash", Patrick Buchnowski, July 12, 2013