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Fleet-Footed Driver Captured After Accident, Police Say

SANATOGA PA – A 25-year-old man, whose last known residence was listed in Lower Pottsgrove, faced a variety of charges Tuesday afternoon (March 26, 2013) from township police after he allegedly fled the scene of a three-car accident that occurred on Armand Hammer Boulevard near Medical Drive. A witness who chased him later identified him as having been involved in the crash, police said.

Fleet-Footed Driver Captured After Accident, Police SayOne of the other drivers suffered injuries, and two of the vehicles were so severely damaged they had to be towed from the scene, according to Ofc. Christopher DiPiano. Rush-hour traffic on Armand Hammer was blocked for a time, he added.

Arrested was Zsolt Michael Kohalmi of Orlando Road. DiPiano reported Kohalmi had been identified by the two other drivers and the independent witness as having caused the accident, and then bolting away from his car in an attempt to escape. He was captured about a half-hour later by Pottstown police on Keim Street near Industrial Highway.

Kohalmi is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning (March 27) before Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr. in Sanatoga on charges that include accidents involving injury, accidents involving injury while not properly licensed, accidents involving damage to attended vehicles, driving under the influence of drugs, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving under suspension while DUI, and other traffic violations.

A check of Kohalmi’s records also indicated he was the subject of a Montgomery County bench warrant in another case, according to DiPiano.

DiPiano wrote that the accident occurred at about 4:14 p.m. when, according to those questioned, a gold-colored Buick being driven south on Armand Hammer by Kohalmi hit one of the other vehicles, which was stopped for traffic. The Buick then crossed into its northbound lanes for unknown reasons, and came to rest in the middle of the highway, they said. Details regarding the third vehicle were not immediately available.

Kohalmi ran from his car, DiPiano alleged, and was last seen moving west toward Moser Road along railroad tracks behind the nearby Home Depot store on Armand Hammer. Pottstown and Lower Pottsgrove police units “flooded the area looking for the suspect driver,” the officer said.

Pottstown police reported at 4:43 p.m. that they had located a suspect, and held him until the witness who chased him “positively identified him as the same male who fled the car,” DiPiano said. Kohalmi was taken to Pottstown Memorial Medial Center, where DiPiano said he refused to take a blood test for DUI.

Kohalmi was taken to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA. The cars were towed by Sanatoga Auto Body. Fire police from the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill companies assisted with traffic control.

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