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Drunken man intentionally crashed car traveling at 120 mph

By Staff | Jul 7, 2016

MUNCY – Soon after he intentionally crashed his car on the Susquehanna Trail Road, intoxicated motorist Austin Reed Rothfuss allegedly told a state trooper, “God won’t let me die.”

Rothfuss, 22, of 369 Schmidt Road, admitted to the trooper that he was traveling at 120 mph and that he crashed on purpose when he wrecked his 1997 Nissan Maxima in the 800 block of the Susquehanna Trail Road in Muncy Creek Township about 1:20 a.m. March 16.

The trooper wrote in an affidavit that he “detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from Rothfuss’ breath and that his eyes were glassy and red.”

A lab test revealed that Rothfuss had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.18, police said. The driver was evaluated at the scene by an ambulance crew, but there was no information in the affidavit indicating the severity of his injuries.

Charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and criminal mischief, Rothfuss has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

Another DUI case that Kemp will be handling involves a Sullivan County motorist who arrived drunk at Muncy Valley Hospital for a doctor’s appointment about 10 a.m. May 4.

Due to his alleged intoxication, the hospital staff directed 50-year-old Thomas Charles Swank to a social worker and notified police.

Swank became “agitated” because hospital staff took his car keys and refused to return them, police said.

When a trooper arrived at the hospital on Water Street and began to interview Swank, he noticed that the man’s “eyes were glassy and bloodshot,” according to an affidavit.

Swank, of Allegheny Avenue, Eagles Mere, admitted that he “consumed a large amount of liquor” at his home before driving to his appointment at the hospital, the trooper said.

Swank submitted a blood sample that revealed that his blood-alcohol content level was 0.17, police said. Charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and careless driving, he too has been sent a summons to appear before Kemp.