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Police apprehend alleged drunk driver after leaving crash scene

Police in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, recently reported an intoxicated driver that led an officer in a chase. The supposedly intoxicated man could have caused a devastating drunk driving accident, according to witnesses. He nearly hit several pedestrians during the chase, all of them lucky that they were not injured. Authorities said that the driver was involved in a minor accident before the chase, one that he had supposedly fled the scene from.

Court documents indicate that the chase occurred on Feb. 10 a little after midnight. An officer with the Phoenixville Police Department was on patrol in the area of Prospect and Main Streets when the law enforcement agent reported hearing a loud screech. The sound had been the braking of a vehicle, a silver Hyundai, just before it crashed into the rear end of another vehicle at a stop sign. The Hyundai then left the scene of the accident without stopping to report or gather any information.

The officer followed the Hyundai as it left the scene and eventually attempted to pull the vehicle over. Documents note that the vehicle continued after the officer had engaged the patrol car's lights. The driver of the Hyundai made a left turn on Main Street and a right on Church. It then turned into a parking lot belonging to Phoenixville Federal Savings. This is when the pedestrians were at risk. After getting into the lot, the driver attempted to flee on foot.

According to reports, the foot chase did not last long. The driver of the Hyundai was taken into custody and was identified as a 25-year-old male from Phoenixville. Police said that he had difficulty staying on his feet, slurred his speech and smelled like alcohol. His arrest was followed by several charges, including careless driving, driving without a license, an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, fleeing or attempting to flee an officer and three counts of driving under the influence.

Source: Phoenixville Patch, "Drunk Driver Crashes, Leads Officer on Chase, Police Say," Tom Sunnergren, Feb. 12, 2013

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