A man is facing charges for ramming a utility pole with his SUV while reading a text message four months ago and then trying to retrieve a bag of anti-anxiety drugs he had hidden after the crash, officials said,
Joel E. Rubas was found by police digging through a pile of leaves looking for a bag with 40 pills he had stashed there after hitting a telephone pole at Upper Pennsylvania Avenue and 9th Street in Bangor, Northampton Co., with his black 2004 GMC Yukon at about 9:10 p.m. May 2, officials said.
Rubas told police the white pills were Xanax, and that he intended to sell them for $8 or $9 each, officials said.
Rubas also told police he was reading a text message on his cell phone when he veered out of his traffic lane and hit the pole, officials noted.
A witness to the crash saw Rubas run from the scene with a rolled up paper bag and put it in the leaf pile in the 1000 block of Upper Pennsylvania Avenue, officials added.
Rubas, 32, of 1103 Roosevelt St., Bangor, was arraigned Thursday night on charges of drug possession, possession with intent to deliver and careless driving and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $30,000 bail, according to court documents.