Township man charged with DUI in hit-run crash

A Loyalsock Township motorist faces charges after he allegedly fled the scene of a two-vehicle crash in which four teenagers were injured, according to city police.

Investigators also allege that the hit-run driver, Paul J. Petcavage, 63, was under the influence of alcohol when his 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer and a Dodge van driven by Chanler Gribbin, 18, of Williamsport, collided in the 200 block of Hughes Street about 10:15 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Following the collision, the van overturned, injuring Gribbin and three teenage passengers, all of whom were taken to the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for various injuries and released, police said.

Patrolman Ryan J. Brague, the lead investigator, alleged Petcavage fled the scene in his damaged SUV. Another officer, following some tips, discovered the vehicle at Petcavage’s home at 1358 Clayton Ave. about 30 minutes after the crash.

Petcavage, who was home, admitted to police that he was involved in a crash and that he had left the scene, Brague said, adding that investigators suspected the driver was under the influence of alcohol based on his performance during a field sobriety test..

Petcavage was taken to the county’s DUI center, but he declined to provide a blood sample.

The driver “operated a vehicle after imbibing a sufficient amount of alcohol in which he was rendered incapable of safely operating the vehicle,” the officer wrote in a criminal complaint.

Charged with accidents involving death or personal injury, accidents involving damaged to an attended vehicle and driving under the influence, Petcavage was recently arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III and released on $5,000 bail.