Preliminary Hearing Scheduled in Buchert Road Accident

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A mid-December preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a 41-year-old Pottstown woman, whom Lower Pottsgrove police allege was driving while impaired when her vehicle crashed into and damaged several residences in the Buchert Ridge Community housing complex on Buchert Road.

Tina Matthai faces police department charges of driving under the influence (general impairment) and driving under the influence (highest rate of alcohol), both first offenses; several counts of recklessly endangering another person, and single counts of careless driving, and disregarding a traffic lane, according to court records.

The charges stem from a late October accident in which no one was reported injured, but which the department claimed caused “extensive damage to three residences. The back walls were taken out of two of the residences,” and Matthai’s vehicle also “sustained heavy damage,” according to its CrimeWatch website. The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16 before Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr.

According to the report, “Matthai was the operator and sole occupant of her vehicle, and was traveling eastbound on Buchert Road when she failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway. Matthai apparently over-corrected and lost control leaving the roadway on the north berm. Matthai’s vehicle went up an embankment, ran over a large evergreen tree, then ended up crashing into the rear of several properties along Bard’s Way.”

Police responded to a report of the crash at 56 Bards Way. They allege Matthai “failed several sobriety tests at the scene,” and also claimed “a subsequent breath test found Matthai to have a blood alcohol content of 0.187% in violation of Pennsylvania vehicle law.”

Ringing Hill and Pottstown Goodwill fire companies also responded, along with fire police to close Buchert Road near the scene, the web report stated. Rear roof portions of the residences had to be shored up for safety purposes by rescue personnel, it added. Total Restoration Contracting was called by the fire department to board up the residences, it said.

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