Car rear-ended, hit man follows alleged runner

After a motorist rear-ended his vehicle and fled the scene on Wednesday afternoon, Mark Steiger pursued the offending driver to his place of employment, where city police took the hit-run driver into custody after he was found to be under the influence of intoxicants.

Alec C. Cajka, 26, of 48 Hillcrest Lane, is charged with striking Steiger’s car in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard about 4:15 p.m., according to Patrolman Jeff Paulhamus.

Steiger followed Cajka to Shiffler Avenue and Washington Boulevard, and then called police after confronting the man, who denied hitting his vehicle.

When Paulhamus reached the scene, he spoke briefly with Steiger, who directed the officer into the business that he saw Cajka enter.

Once inside, Paulhamus was directed to Cajka, who appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants.

“His speech was slurred and he stumbled as he stepped outside,” Paulhamus said of Cajka, who failed a series of field sobriety tests, court records state.

The officer took Cajka to the county’s DUI center, but the driver refused to allow his blood to be drawn.

While at the center and later at police headquarters, Cajka “became belligerent and yelled profanities,” Paulhamus said.

District Judge Gary A. Whiteman declared Cajka unfit for arraignment and ordered him to spend the night at the Lycoming County Prison.

Cajka was arraigned late Thursday afternoon on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and accidents resulting in damage to attended vehicle (hit-run).

He was released on $5,000 bail.