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Driver walks away from crash, leaves injured friend in truck

Most people who leave an accident scene do so to escape the police. Rarely do such people abandon friends who have been injured in the accident. A Lackawanna resident became the exception when he crashed his Dodge Ram and walked away, leaving his injured friend in the vehicle. The man now faces a number of DUI charges.

At about 10:40 p.m., police received a call about a pick-up truck that struck several road signs, a utility pole and several concrete pillars. When police arrived, they found a grey Dodge Ram with an unconscious man in the passenger seat. The man was breathing and was later found to have suffered a concussion and minor injuries. The police allegedly found several red and white bags, resembling bags that are commonly used to store and transfer heroin, on the floor of the truck.

About two hours after the crash, the driver turned himself in at Old Forge Police Headquarters. In the charging documents, the police allege that the driver smelled of alcohol. The driver provided a written statement in which he said that he and the man found in the truck had traveled to Wilkes-Barre to buy heroin. During the return trip, the two men allegedly snorted some heroin and consumed alcohol. The suspect reportedly told police that he was confused after the collision and went to a nearby VFW post and drank several beers before turning himself in.

The driver was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and related crimes. These are serious criminal charges, and anyone facing similar drunk driving charges could benefit from a consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer. Such a consultation could provide a helpful evaluation of the facts and law of the case and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or outright acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Old Forge man charged with leaving friend after DUI crash," Clayton Over, Jan. 26, 2017

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