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Lost bumper helps police find hit-and-run driver

A Scranton woman who apparently caused an alleged hit-and-run accident on Interstate 390 was found and arrested mainly because the rear bumper on the car she was driving fell off during a minor collision; unfortunately for the accused, the car's license plate was still attached to the bumper when it was found by police. Now, she faces a number of criminal charges including DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision told police that he was traveling north on I-380 when a silver car approached from the rear at a high speed and attempted to pass him. Instead of passing, the silver car struck the other car on the passenger side, causing both vehicles to swerve off the road. Instead of waiting for police, the driver of the silver car drove back onto the freeway and sped off. When the state police arrived, they found the bumper from the silver car with the license plate still attached.

Using the license plate, the police were able to identify the car's owner, and they found the car the next day. The owner said that a woman, later identified as his wife, had been driving the car on the previous afternoon and that the brakes may have "locked up or something," causing her to lose control. When officers arrested the woman, they noticed fresh needle marks on her arm and saw that her pupils were glassy and constricted. She was taken to a local hospital for a blood sample to determine whether she had drugs in her blood. The woman was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment, providing a false identification, leaving the scene of an accident and a number of traffic violations.

Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the case, suggest defense strategies and provide an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Woman charged with DUI after alleged hit and run," Clayton Over, May 24, 2016

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