A 28-year-old man is facing serious charges after he allegedly crashed his car into a home in Manchester Township, according to local sources. The man has been accused of drunk driving and evading police. If he is found guilty, he could face serious jail time. He posted $2,500 bail and is due back in a Pennsylvania criminal court for a preliminary hearing on July 18.
According to the accident report, the crash took place around 11 a.m. the morning of July 4. The man was reportedly driving his vehicle over 80 mph in a 55 mph zone when he drove through a red light, causing officers to give chase. He lost control of his vehicle, which left the road and crashed into a brick home. The estimated damage to the house is around $20,000.
The man was apprehended by police at the scene, where he allegedly told them he was not attempting to evade capture, but that his shoe had gotten stuck on the accelerator. It is unclear how police at the scene came to believe that he was drunk at the wheel. Regardless, he was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving, as well as driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance.
In order to secure a conviction for drunk driving, Pennsylvania prosecutors will have to prove the man was intoxicated when he crashed into the house. If no blood alcohol or roadside sobriety tests were administered, or if they were administered improperly or a significant amount of time after the crash, this could influence the outcome of the case in a major way. The man’s criminal defense representation will take all of this into consideration when they plan their approach in advance of a court date.