Police: Man who fled crash illegally here from Mexico

MONTGOMERY – A suspected drunken driver taken into custody early Sunday morning after allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash on Route 405 turned out to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico, according to state police.

Luis Alberto Bravo, 21, left the scene after crashing his girlfriend’s SUV into two trees on Route 405 near State Home Road in Clinton Township about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The SUV was registered to Jennifer R. Bucio, of 536 Riddle Road, Clinton Township, police said.

When a trooper went to Bucio’s home about 90 minutes later, he found Bravo “dirty and in disheveled clothing. There was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from him. His speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot,” according to an affidavit.

Initially Bravo, who admitted to being in a crash, gave a false identification. However, his true identity was learned within 30 minutes. It turned out that there was a detainer for him from the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security.

Bravo, whose address was the same as Bucio’s, was taken before District Judge Allen P. Page III and arraigned on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, false identity to law enforcement and accidents involving damage to unattended property (hit-run).

During his arraignment, Bravo told the judge he was born in Mexico, that he had been in this country for eight years, but that he did not have a visa or a “green card.” He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.