The intersection of Brodhead Ave and Broadway – site of an alleged DUI crash on Jan 27.
Driver Charged with DUI, Possession After Fleeing Scene of Accident
A Bethlehem man was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, January 27 after allegedly causing an accident while driving drunk and fleeing from the scene.
According to the authorities, an officer attempted to pull over a vehicle being driven by 23-year-old Hector L. Rivera Jr. at around 1 a.m. on January 27. Rivera allegedly sped away from the officer and swerved through traffic. Court records say he drove through red lights at the intersections of Broadway and Route 378 and Broadway and East Fourth Street. Finally, he allegedly drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Broadway and Brodhead Street and crashed into a Toyota Corolla.
Two people in the Corolla and one passenger in Rivera’s vehicle were injured in the crash, although there is no information on the severity of those injuries. Rivera allegedly abandoned his vehicle following the crash and was eventually caught by the police after a short foot chase. Officers say that they found marijuana and an open liquor container in his vehicle.
Rivera has been charged with a felony count of fleeing and eluding and seven summary traffic offenses, along with three counts of accidents involving injury while not licensed, driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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