BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. | Authorities say the Bethlehem man accused in a DUI wreck with a teenage bicyclist has twice been convicted of driving under the influence.
Quincy P. Johnson, of Seneca Street, faces a felony count of vehicular aggravated assault in connection with the crash Saturday in Bethlehem Township that sent a 13-year-old to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. District Judge Alicia Zito arraigned the 42-year-old Sunday morning, setting bail at $75,000.
Bethlehem Township police said crash occurred in the 1600 block of Freemansburg Avenue as Johnson and the teenager were both traveling east, according to court records. Authorities said the boy is in critical condition.
The boy's family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his medical bills.
Witnesses told investigators they saw Johnson step out of the car after the crash and allegedly toss a beer can to the side of the road, according to records. Police said they smelled alcohol on Johnson’s breath and that his car smelled of marijuana.
During an interview with authorities, he allegedly admitted to smoking pot that day and to drinking the beer witnesses saw him throw away.
Authorities said a records check shows Johnson hasn’t had a valid driver’s license in Pennsylvania since at least 2001, resulting in seven convictions of driving without a license. He was also convicted in 2009 and 2012 of DUI.
Johnson now faces felony counts of vehicular aggravated assault while DUI and accidents involving injury while unlicensed. He also faces a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and two summary offenses.
Johnson failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for May 4.