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Charges filed in nonfatal DUI crash case

A crash in Peters Township, Pennsylvania, left two people injured. The drunk driving accident, which occurred last month, has led to charges recently being filed against the alleged drunk driver. No fatalities were reported, and both drivers involved in the two-vehicle crash survived.

According to police, a male driver was traveling on Venetia Road in Peters Township when he crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic. His vehicle collided head-on with one driven by a female that was heading in the opposite direction. Records show that both individuals were taken to Allegheny General Hospital immediately after the accident.

According to a spokesperson from the hospital, they were both listed in fair condition a day after the crash. In many head-on crashes, this is not the case. Reports did not indicate how fast the vehicles were traveling or whether the drivers were using their seat belts.

Police charged the male driver with several crimes, including driving under the influence, accident involving injury, a traffic violation and driving with a suspended license. The driver was released and was arraigned earlier this month.

The ages of those involved in the accident were not disclosed, and it was not clear whether the man had a history of drinking and driving, though this could have been the case considering that his license was suspended. Since his license was suspended, he shouldn't have even been behind the wheel if he was sober.

The driver's alleged blood alcohol content was not reported, and there was no mention of any attempted sobriety tests. If he was drunk and the collision was as severe as it could have been, both drivers are lucky that they survived. Many Pennsylvanians have lost their lives in similar crashes. Some believe that many more will perish, because the dangers of drinking and driving are well known, but many individuals continue to do so.

Source: Peters Patch, "Peters Police Charge Man With DUI, Accident Involving Injury," Amanda Gillooly, Oct. 8, 2012

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