A man believed to be intoxicated behind the wheel has been taken into custody following a serious crash that sent another driver to the hospital with critical injuries. The Pennsylvania man was apprehended following the Sept. 15 crash and now faces drunk driving charges in addition to several related charges. He is currently being held at a county prison against $100,000 bail.
According to the report provided by Pennsylvania police, the man was traveling westbound on Bristol Road around 6:20 a.m. when the accident occurred. He apparently left his lane and traveled into the eastbound lanes of the road, which led to him crashing into two other vehicles head-on. Police believe the man was driving a vehicle he did not own at the time of the crash.
One of the drivers of the other vehicles sustained critical head injuries and was transported to a local ICU in serious condition. The condition of the allegedly drunk driver was not elaborated upon, but police on the scene apparently arrested him under suspicion of drunk driving. The reason for this decision was also not included in the report; therefore, it is unclear whether roadside sobriety or blood tests were conducted at the time.
This will play a considerable role in the man’s trial. If Pennsylvania authorities did not conduct the proper tests to determine whether drunk driving was a factor in this accident, or if those tests were conducted in a way that runs contrary to the man’s civil rights, the evidence could be dismissed from court. This, in turn, could result in the case being dropped altogether.