A Malvern man is facing several serious charges after an apparent hit-and-run led to his arrest on Jan. 31. Pennsylvania police arrested the man shortly after 6 p.m., after he allegedly crashed his car into another vehicle before leaving the scene of the accident. He currently faces drunk driving charges among several other charges associated with the incident.
According to the police report, the 37-year-old man was in a CVS parking lot at approximately 5:51 p.m. when he is said to have struck the rear of a woman's car while traveling at a high speed. He then allegedly left the scene of the accident. The woman suffered back and neck injuries as a result of the impact and called 911 to alert police.
The man was stopped shortly thereafter, and police administered a field sobriety test. He allegedly failed this test, and also reportedly threatened officers in a way that was not specified in the report. He apparently told police he had only had two beers on the night in question. He now stands charged with drunk driving, terroristic threats and harassment.
It is incumbent upon Pennsylvania authorities to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the man was intoxicated at the of the incident in order for him to be convicted on the drunk driving charges. If the test results are inconsistent with this accusation, or if the test was administered in a way that infringed on the man's rights, it may be ruled inadmissible as in court. Lacking this evidence could result in the charge being reduced or dropped entirely.
Source: Lower Merion, PA Patch, "Man Charged With DUI In Lower Merion Hit And Run", Justin Heinze, Feb. 8, 2016