Police: DUI crash leads to charges for father and son

MONTGOMERY – A father and son both face criminal charges following a crash in Clinton Township in which the dad lied to investigators, claiming he was the driver when in fact his son, who was intoxicated, was behind the wheel at the time, state police allege in court records.

Charles Richard Reynolds Jr., 21, of West Milton, had a blood-alcohol content level of .11 when his pickup truck and a car driven by Samuel W. Harer II collided in front of Harer’s home in the 700 block of Pinchtown Road about 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, police said.

When a state trooper arrived, Reynolds’ father, Charles Richard Reynolds Sr., 44, of 74 Ikes Drive, Brady Township, a passenger in the truck, told the trooper he was driving at the time of crash.

During the investigation, witnesses told police that they overheard the elder Reynolds instruct his son to tell police that the father was driving, that way the son “would avoid getting in trouble for the DUI,” according to an affidavit.

Harer himself overheard the dad say he “was going to take the rap” for the crash, police were told.

Police allege Reynolds Jr. was “very loud and foul mouthed,” and that the young man was worried because he was “already in trouble for a previous driving under the influence offense,” the affidavit states.

The son repeatedly told the trooper that he was not driving, and the father told police that he was the driver. Preliminary breath tests revealed that both men had been drinking alcoholic beverages, police said.

Police obtained blood-alcohol tests from the two. Police said investigators later determined that the son was indeed driving the truck.

While Reynolds Jr. was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, making unsworn false statements to law enforcement and driving with a suspended or revoked license, the elder Reynolds was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution, a misdemeanor.

Both men have been sent summonses to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.