With Wright Township Police participating in a DUI Roving Patrol and stationary check points over the last few weeks, officers from Wright and Butler Township Police Departments were involved in a DUI accident recently causing injury and damage.
According to Officer David Winsock, Wright Township’s Labor Day roving DUI patrol turned dangerous late on Friday, August 30th, when the scheduled roving DUI patrol was called into duty to apprehend suspects in an assault call originating in nearby Freeland.
He advised that Wright Township Officer Michael Marshall and Butler Township Officer Timothy Jacobs and Corporal William Feissner responded to the call.
A roving patrol was scheduled for Wright Township over the holiday weekend for patrol and the distribution of DUI educational information. The patrol, Ptlm. Winsock explained, is part of a program paid with state funds and administered through the Catholic Social Service program for Drinking Under the Influence program.
Scheduled for a roving patrol that evening, Officer Marshall was called to assist the Butler Township police in the apprehension of two suspects stopped on Route 309 in Dorrance. As the officers were clearing the scene with the suspects in custody, Marshall was entering his vehicle when a speeding van struck the open door.
The van’s side mirror was dislodged by the impact and flew up and struck Officer Jacobs in the head causing severe lacerations. Marshall’s report states, “He received lacerations to his head and forehead and was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital for numerous sutures, a CAT scan and a few staples. He was later released.”
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Brian S. Pall responded to the scene and reports that Cpl. Feissner pursued and stopped the van. According to Tpr. Pall, the vehicle was operated by Pragnesh A. Pathak of Mountaintop. “The defendant failed to place the vehicle into park at which time the vehicle started to roll forward.”
A field sobriety test was administered by Tpr. Thomas Swiech. The results indicated that Pathak was under the influence of alcohol at the time and he was transported for blood tests.
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