DUI

BETHLEHEM, Pa. | After Pennsylvania State Police happened upon a wrecked pickup truck along a Route 22 off ramp, the driver reportedly emerged from a wooded area with his arms raised.

Anthony L. Drummond now faces DUI charges in connection with the early-morning crash in Lehigh County that totaled his truck.

State police troopers on routine patrol shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday found a pickup truck along the ramp from eastbound Route 22 to Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem. The abandoned truck was badly damaged and disabled, according to police.

The troopers began searching the area and reportedly found fresh tire tracks and recent damage that led from the Route 378 north ramp to the Route 22 east ramp to Schoenersville Road, according to court records. Police then spotted a man walking out of a wooded area in the median with his armed raised.

The man identified himself as Drummond and admitted he had been behind the wheel of the wrecked pickup, police said. When asked why he was hiding out in the woods, Drummond told troopers that he’d been speeding and was scared after the crash, so he ran into the woods, according to records.

A records check confirmed Drummond’s identity but also confirmed he was driving with a suspended license, police said.

While speaking with Drummond, a trooper said he smelled alcohol on his breath, that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and that his speech was slurred. Uninjured in the crash, Drummond was asked to perform field sobriety tests that authorities allege he failed. He was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Once in custody, he allegedly refused blood and breathalyzer tests. Authorities charged Drummond, of Northampton Street in Easton, with two misdemeanor counts of DUI and six summary traffic offenses.

District Judge Michael Pochron arraigned the 31-year-old a few hours later, setting bail at $2,500. Drummond was released from custody on Thursday after pre-trial services changed his bail to unsecured. His next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 19.