A Chambersburg man has admitted to consuming alcohol and using controlled substances prior to hitting a horse and buggy in Southampton Township, Franklin County.
The crash occurred at 8:30 a.m. when the suspect’s pickup truck collided with the buggy in the 3100 block of Orrstown Road.
Three people were in the buggy at the time of the crash, including two adults and an infant. They suffered injuries and were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Their injuries are considered non-life threatening.
The suspect fled in his pickup truck after the collision and was later apprehended by police. He admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving. He also stated he was under the influence of cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs.
According to a criminal complaint, he has been charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, in addition to other offenses.
Those charged with a crime have rights
The consequences of a DUI go far beyond driving privileges. You could face serious fines and even jail time. Of course, this isn’t to mention the damage to your reputation, which could take years to repair.
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