Police: Fleeing man jumped in creek after accident

BARBOURS — To get away from state troopers following a crash on Route 87, alleged intoxicated hit-run driver Darrell Evan Davis jumped into Loyalsock Creek and swam to the other side of the creek, according to court records.

However, despite his best efforts to get away, the 28-year-old Plunketts Creek Township man was nabbed shortly after he reached the shore.

Police allege Davis, of 14593 Route 87, fled the scene of a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Route 87, just south of his home, about 6:10 a.m. May 5.

Davis already had walked away from the crash when state troopers arrived, but they were told the alleged driver was walking along Route 87, just north of the scene.

When police spotted Davis, he bolted into some brush near the creek and then jumped in the water.

“I detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Davis” after his capture, a trooper wrote in an affidavit.

The other driver, whose identity was not listed in court papers, was trapped in the wrecked and suffered multiple fractures in one of her ankles, requiring her to spend several weeks recuperating in an assisted living facility after she was discharged from the hospital, police said.

Davis had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15, police said. Charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, accidents involving death or personal injury, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle (hit-and-run) and careless driving, Davis was arraigned Monday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman and released on $2,500 bail.