Newtown Man Charged with DUI After Hit and Run
A Newtown Township man was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) after causing an accident and fleeing from the scene on Saturday, November 12.
Police arrested the 28-year-old man after he allegedly struck a bicyclist while driving on South Eagle Road. The accident occurred at approximately 9:43 p.m. that evening. A witness saw the accident happen and quickly called law enforcement officers, who quickly identified the vehicle and followed it, ultimately pulling over the man on West Hanover Street. Officers arrested him for suspicion of DUI.
Official charges for DUI were pending the results of a blood alcohol content (BAC) test. The bicyclist suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Hit and run a serious offense
A person who commits a DUI is likely to face serious penalties even if he or she stays at the accident site. A hit and run after an accident causing injury can elevate the crime to a felony charge, which carries the possibility of significant fines and jail time. If someone has suffered serious injuries in the accident, the potential penalties are even greater.
These penalties would be in addition to any damages the victim may seek through a personal injury lawsuit, which would be a civil claim and fall outside of the criminal justice system.
For more information about the defense strategies available to you if you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Berks County, speak with experienced DUI defense lawyer David R. Eshelman.