MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY DUI CRASH

Recently, it was reported that a Collegeville, Pennsylvania, man was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 100 days to five years in county prison after he pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit in January. The driver was arrested and charged with DUI after he crashed his automobile into a tree.

According to court papers, the 28-year-old had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 when he was involved in the one-vehicle crash on Wartman Road close to Township Line Road in Perkiomen on January 22.

This was reportedly the driver’s second DUI offense, but his attorney was able to work out a plea agreement with prosecutors that was accepted by the judge. Under the plea agreement, the man will be eligible for the work release program as he serves his time. As a condition, the judge also ordered the man to serve 48 hours of community service.

Additionally under the plea agreement, several other charges against the man were dropped, including driving an unregistered vehicle, disregarding traffic lane, speeding, abandoning a vehicle on private property and careless and reckless driving.

According to the arrest warrant, the 28-year-old left his car on someone’s lawn after crashing into the tree and began walking northbound on Wartman Road. He was soon discovered by police, who had been dispatched to the area after the accident was reported.

Police said that the man admitted to crashing the vehicle and said that he had “slid on some ice,” according to the arrest warrant. However, the officers said they detected alcohol on the man and he was taken into custody.

After an investigation, it was determined that the man had been speeding northbound on Wartman Road when he lost control of the car, swerved to the other lane and swerved back the opposite way off of the road, the criminal complaint stated.

Source: Montgomerynews.com, “Collegeville man sentenced in DUI crash,” Carl Hessler, Jr., Aug. 30, 2011.