A man in Hanover Township was apparently involved in a serious car accident that directly endangered the lives of two preteen children, according to authorities. Pennsylvania police arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of drunk driving after the two car collision. He has since been released on $20,000 unsecured bail, and he is set to appear in court again on June 7.
According to the police report, the man was transporting two children, aged 12 and 5, on the night of Dec. 27, 2017. He was headed north on Route 309 when he attempted to negotiate a westbound turn. His actions apparently put his vehicle in front of a southbound vehicle, which he struck head-on. The force of the impact deployed air bags in both vehicles, and two occupants of the other car were taken to local hospitals with unknown injuries. The condition of the 31-year-old driver and the two children was not commented upon.
The man was taken to a local hospital for a blood test after police said they smelled alcohol on his breath. He allegedly told police he had "a couple" of beers prior to driving, but the blood alcohol test revealed a blood alcohol content of .149, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 in Pennsylvania. He has been charged with a variety of traffic infractions, driving under the influence and endangering the welfare of children.
If the man is convicted, even just on the drunk driving charge, he could face substantial penalties. The fact that an accident occurred and that the accused man's vehicle was occupied by two children add to the gravity of the situation. Those facing similar accusations typically rely upon the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent their interests and safeguard their legal rights at every stage of the proceedings.
Source: citizensvoice.com, "Hanover Twp. man charged with DUI, child endangerment", James Halpin, May 23, 2018