Oil City Man Facing Charges Following DUI Hit-and-Run Crash

| February 19, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Police say charges are pending against an Oil City man accused of running a stop sign and hitting another vehicle while driving under the influence on Saturday.

Around 1:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, Oil City Police responded to a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Petroleum Street and West Second Street in Oil City.

Officers arrived at the scene and made contact with the caller who stated that a brown pickup truck ran the stop sign at the intersection and struck his vehicle.

The operator of the truck allegedly stopped, checked to see if the caller was okay, and returned to his vehicle to retrieve his insurance information, but then left the scene quickly.

The caller told the officers that the man driving the truck smelled like he had been drinking. The caller had also gotten the truck’s license plate number, and police were able to run the plate number and retrieve the vehicle information.

According to police, the vehicle was registered to a man who lives at an Oil City address and the officers responded to that location within ten minutes of the accident. Police then made contact with the vehicle owner.

Police say the man showed signs of impairment and admitted to drinking before driving his vehicle. Field sobriety tests were administered and he was arrested and transported to UPMC Northwest for a blood draw. He was then released.

Charges are pending results of the blood alcohol content testing.

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