Pennsylvania mayor faces drunk driving charges

The long-time mayor of Upland Borough is facing serious criminal charges, according to local sources. Mayor Michael Ciach of the Pennsylvania borough has been charged with drunk driving in connection with an accident the morning of Nov. 18. He also faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident. No court date has been set as of this report. 

According to the accident report, the mayor was driving in the early morning when he apparently rear-ended another vehicle. He then struck two other cars before fleeing on foot. It is unclear whether anyone was in any of the other vehicles at the time of the crashes. 

He was arrested around 4:00 a.m. after police found him wandering Chester City. The report does not mention how police came to the determination that the man was drunk at the time of the accident, nor does it mention how much time elapsed between the initial crashes and the man's arrest. He has since been released on his own recognizance and is expected to be in court soon. 

Drunk driving charges are sometimes difficult to prove in court, especially when considerable time has elapsed between a suspected drunk driving related accident and an arrest. It is possible the man may not have been drunk when he crashed his car; even if he had been drinking, the alcohol may have taken time to metabolize in his system. Regardless, Pennsylvania prosecutors will have to prove he was under the influence and that the evidence for this was collected in a manner consistent with his rights. If they cannot, the man may be cleared of the charges. 

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Upland Mayor Charged with DUI and Leaving the Scene of Crash: Official", David Chang, Nov. 20, 2016

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