Man in custody after suspected DUI crash in Kulpmont
BY LARRY DEKLINSKI
KULPMONT - A Shamokin man was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol following a crash in the 900 block of Chestnut Street early Friday morning that left the street littered with debris and one vehicle atop a snowbank.
Kulpmont Police Patrolman Patrick McAndrew said charges are pending against Joseph Payne, 29, who refused a blood test shortly after crashing his car into a parked car at 12:30 a.m.
McAndrew said Payne, who was uninjured, was operating a 2001 Saturn west on Chestnut Street (Route 61) when the right front of his vehicle struck the left rear of a parked Saturn, owned by David Dallabrida, of 922 Chestnut St., causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
The Dallabrida vehicle was moved partially onto the sidewalk and snow pile and into the back of a parked Jeep Cherokee, owned by Patrick Burns, 936 Chestnut St., causing damage to the front end of the Saturn and the right rear of the Cherokee.
McAndrew said Payne claimed he lost control when he hit a patch of black ice while looking down at his phone.