Punxsutawney Man Accused of DUI After Hit and Run in Sykesville

Police car lightsSYKESVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Dubois-based State Police say a Punxsutawney man has been accused of DUI following a hit and run accident that occurred around 8:53 p.m. on February 24, on State Route 119, in Sykesville Borough, Jefferson County.

According to police, Clarence J. Craft, 53, of Punxsutawney, was traveling south on SR 119 in the Borough of Sykesville, in a 2004 Jeep Wrangler and allegedly became distracted while using a handheld cell phone to either place or receive a phone call.

Craft’s vehicle drifted to the right and struck a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was parked along East Main Street, just west of Dr. Fugate Drive.

The parked vehicle was pushed approximately 33 feet and came to a rest on the steps in front of Grace United Methodist Church.

Craft failed to stop and fled the scene traveling southbound on SR 119.

The Jeep Wrangler became disabled a short time later and was stopped by State Police Troopers from the Punxsutawney Station.

Craft was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and suffered minor injuries.

Police determined that he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested for DUI.

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