Pennsylvania man faces assault and DUI charges

A man is facing serious charges after a bizarre series of events landed him in police custody, according to local sources. Pennsylvania authorities arrested the man after an allegedly DUI-induced car accident punctuated by a claimed assault. He was said to be in custody pending a preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for Nov. 13. 

According to police records, around 9:10 p.m. on Nov. 9 the 41-year-old man is believed to have gotten into an altercation with an unidentified woman who claims that he punched her. She is said to have suffered injuries to her left eye and one of her fingers. From there, the man is believed to have gotten into his vehicle, possibly while drunk, and struck a parked camper.

The man apparently then went and picked up his 3-year-old son from an unidentified location before returning to the scene of the accident, where he was summarily arrested. Police have said they took blood samples at the time of his arrest which are still being processed by the lab. He remains in custody against a $5,000 bond. 

Pennsylvania prosecutors will need to provide convincing evidence that the man was drunk behind the wheel at the time of his accident. They will also need to offer competent and relevant evidence that he actually committed the alleged assault of which he is accused. The defense will have the right to cross-examine prosecution witnesses, including the alleged victim herself. The standard of proof imposed on prosecutors is intentionally set high in order to avoid the possibility of convicting an innocent person. 

Source: triblive.com, "Robbery, assault suspects charged", Mark Hofmann, Nov. 14, 2014

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