DUI alleged of man 2nd time in 3 days
MUNCY – Three days after he was arrested for driving drunk while a minor was riding in his Ford Explorer, 24-year-old Luke Anthony Hamilton was charged again with the same offense after he crashed his vehicle near his home while he was “on a chip run,” according to state police.
Hamilton, of 1635 Route 442, had a blood-alcohol content level of .24 when his vehicle went off the road and over an embankment in the 200 block of Route 442 in Muncy Creek Township about 4 p.m. on Jan. 3, Trooper Ryan Golla said in an affidavit.
Hamilton fled the scene, but Golla soon caught up with him. When he did, Hamilton told him “Go ahead, take me,” as he placed his hands behind his back, preparing to be handcuffed, according to court records.
Golla noticed Hamilton’s eyes “were bloodshot and glassy,” and the trooper said he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on him.
After he was placed in the back of a cruiser, Hamilton told the trooper he had just “left his house to go to the store ‘on a chip run,’ ” Golla said in the affidavit.
The driver told the trooper he “didn’t know how his SUV went off the road.”
Three days earlier, Hamilton had a blood-alcohol content level of .27 when his was found standing near his SUV along the berm of Interstate 180 in Muncy Township, where it ran out of gas on Dec. 31, according to Trooper James Nestico. A male minor was with him.
Hamilton initially denied drinking any alcohol, but he then changed his story, admitted he had two “strong drinks” earlier.
Charged with two counts of driving under the influence of intoxicants as well as one count of endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering and related offenses, Hamilton has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.