Pottstown Man Charged After Douglass (Berks) Crash

DOUGLASS (BERKS) PA – A 37-year-old Pottstown man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a substance as a second offense, driving with a suspended license, and related traffic offenses following a motor vehicle accident at Benjamin Franklin Highway and Quarry Road, according to a report on the Douglass (Berks) Police Department’s CrimeWatch website.

A preliminary arraignment on the charges is scheduled for April (2022), according to court records, and a preliminary hearing is set for May.

Police said they responded March 10 (Thursday) at about 9:05 p.m. to a crash at the intersection that involved a black-colored GMC pick-up truck and a white-colored Honda Civic. Upon arriving, officers said they found the pick-up incurred minor damage to its rear bumper, and the Civic received heavy front-end damage.

Further investigation led police to conclude the “pickup was stopped at a red light when it was rear-ended” by the Civic, the report stated. Officers said they also “observed the odor of alcohol” on the breath of the Civic’s driver, later identified to be the Pottstown man. They additionally learned the man was operating with a suspended license.

Results of a field sobriety test administered by police showed them, they wrote, that the Pottstown man “was incapable of safely driving a motor vehicle.” He was subsequently placed into custody and transported to Berks County’s central processing unit, where officers said “he refused a breath test.”

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