UTV driver charged with DUI in February crash, 3 injured

PENNSDALE — When motorist Brian Michael Reeder turned into the Sunoco station on Lycoming Mall Drive on the night of Feb. 27, overturning the utility-terrain vehicle he was operating, the 21-year-old man had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.21, according to state police.

Reeder admitted that night that he had “consumed two shots of rum and a wine cooler before the crash,” Trooper Peter Dunchick said in an affidavit.

Reeder, of 114 Black Hollow Road, along with two passengers on the vehicle, were all taken to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, to be treated for serious injuries following the 10:30 p.m. crash.

Dunchick said Reeder told him he turned into the Sunoco station to fill the vehicle’s gas tank.

Dunchick said he “noted a scent of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Reeder” as he questioned him. The trooper said he determined Reeder was traveling in the right lane of Lycoming Mall Drive “at a high rate of speed as he turned right into Sunoco.”

One of the passengers, Hope K. Hitesman, no address listed, suffered “a bruised neck,” Dunchick said. The other passenger was not identified.

Charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, accidents involving death or personal injury, driving without a license, driving an unsafe speed and careless driving, Reeder has been sent a summons to appear before a district judge