Truck driver charged with drunk driving in Pennsylvania

by | Mar 1, 2018 | Drunk Driving

An accident involving a moving truck has resulted in two arrests, according to Radnor Township police. A driver and passenger were arrested in the Pennsylvania township after their vehicle reportedly struck a bridge. The passenger faces drug charges, and the driver has been charged with drunk driving

Police say the truck, which belongs to the Two Men and a Truck moving company, was traveling southbound when the accident occurred. At around 8:20 a.m. the morning of Feb. 28, the truck struck a nearly 11-foot tall bridge on King of Prussia Road. Thankfully, no one was injured in the crash. 

However, police and local fire departments were called to investigate. Upon their arrival, they found the truck stuck under the low-clearance bridge, leaking fluids. Fire crews went to work cleaning up the damage, but police arrested both the driver and his passenger onsite. It is unclear whether roadside sobriety tests were conducted, but the driver was eventually charged with DUI, and his passenger was arrested for possession of a small amount of what police believe to be marijuana. Both individuals face other, related charges, and will face an eventual court date. 

A drunk driving charge can spell the end of a career for a truck driver, considering that many DUI charges in Pennsylvania that end in conviction also result in the loss of a driver’s license. The burden of proof will rest with the prosecution to prove the man’s intoxication in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. If the man’s defense representation can find fault or question with the methods used to determine his blood alcohol content after the accident, or otherwise question the factual basis for the accusations, charges could be reduced or even dismissed entirely. 

Source: Radnor, PA Patch, “Truck Driver Who Hit Radnor KOP Bridge Was DUI, Police Say“, Max Bennett, Feb. 28, 2018