2 drivers face DUI charges

When a van driven by David Smith plowed into Allison Crane and Rigging at 2817 Lycoming Creek Road on the night of Oct. 8, the 56-year-old man had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.22, according to state police.

A number of employees who were working on the second floor escaped injury, police said. The front of the structure sustained extensive damage.

Smith, of 10 Catherine Drive, Old Lycoming Township, was taken by ambulance to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries suffered in the crash.

At the time, Smith’s license had been suspended as a result of another DUI conviction, police said.

Just before he crashed into the building, Smith’s van rear-ended another vehicle in the 3700 block of Lycoming Creek Road, but he failed to stop, police said. No one was hurt in the first crash.

Smith has been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The last charge stems from Smith driving a vehicle whose owner, identified in court papers only as R. Johnson, had not given him permission to use the van, police said. Smith is released on $1,500 bail.

Another intoxicated motorist involved in a more recent accident, Thomas Anderson, 38, of 2657 Bottle Run Road, had a blood-alcohol content level more than four times the legal limit when he caused a crash that damaged two other vehicles just east of his home one afternoon in late February Old Lycoming Township Police Chief Joseph Hope said Wednesday afternoon.

Anderson, who already has two prior drunk driving arrests, had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.37 when he was driving west in the eastbound lane on Bottle Run Road on Feb. 23, police said.

An eastbound Jeep driven by Jared Paulhamus, 37, of Cogan Station, flipped on its side, trapping Paulhamus for a brief period of time after Anderson’s vehicle clipped the Jeep, police said. He was taken to the local hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Anderson’s 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee and an eastbound pickup truck driven by Charles Rooker, of Williamsport, then collided, but Anderson continued on to his home, where he crashed into the front of house, putting a large hole in the structure, police said.

A witness who followed Anderson to his home saw Anderson “toss what was believed to be beer cans” from his vehicle, Patrolman Kenneth Brown wrote in an affidavit.

Anderson was taken into custody without incident following the crash. “He was very unsteady on his feet, and there was a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him. He had glassy and bloodshot eyes,” Brown said in the affidavit. After he submitted a blood sample, Anderson was released.

Anderson, who already has a DUI conviction in Ohio and is wanted in Florida on another DUI, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, accidents involving damage to attended vehicles (hit-run), driving without a license and other summary violations. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $7,500 bail.