Following an automobile accident in Athens Township on Jan. 6, a man was taken into custody and faces multiple charges. Along with charges of drunk driving and failure to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, the 54-year-old man was also issued a number of citations, including operating a vehicle without a valid inspection, operating a vehicle without insurance, careless driving and reckless driving.
Based on information from police, they arrived at the scene of an accident at 9:33 p.m. at the intersection of West Pine St. and Pennsylvania Ave. Law enforcement discovered that the driver of a Ford Windstar had run the stop sign at the intersection of the streets and collided with a Hyundai SUV. The man driving the Ford, who was allegedly responsible for the accident, had left the scene, and police reportedly found a variety of beer and liquor bottles throughout the vehicle.
Police later met with the man who was said to have caused the accident, and according to law enforcement he said that he had left the scene because he was scared and cold. It was reported that the man smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and problems keeping his balance. After being taken to the hospital for a blood test, the man was admitted for a fractured sternum after complaining of chest pain.
Due to the variety of the charges the man faces, he may end up being required to pay multiple fines as well as face time in jail. With the assistance of a DUI defense attorney, he may be able to arrange a plea bargain that dismisses his lesser charges and results in fewer penalties. Admission into a substance abuse program may also prevent him from spending time in jail.
Source: The Daily Review, "Man jailed for DUI following Athens Twp. accident", Amada Renko, January 09, 2014