A person will spend as much as 5 years in jail for inflicting a DUI crash that injured two folks in Bensalem on New 12 months’s Day.
On Wednesday, Almondo Merjia pleaded responsible to crashing into two folks whereas his blood alcohol content material was practically thrice the authorized restrict.
Merjia, 43, of Bensalem, was charged with aggravated assault by automobile whereas DUI, aggravated assault by automobile, and accidents involving harm whereas not licensed. that are felonies. He was sentenced to 2½ to 5 years in jail, in line with the Bucks County District Lawyer’s Workplace.
Bensalem police stated Merjia struck two folks on Avenue Street the night time of Jan. 1.
Court docket paperwork state Merjia was seen driving an Acura RDX erratically within the space of Hulmeville Street about 7:30 p.m.
He turned proper onto southbound Hulmeville Street from eastbound Avenue Street and went into the northbound lane of Hulmeville Street, in line with police.
The automobile stopped, reversed and went again onto eastbound Avenue Street, courtroom paperwork state. He then turned proper onto Pearl Avenue and drove on a sidewalk, police stated.
He was pulled over within the 2800 block of Pearl Avenue, in line with courtroom paperwork, which state he smelled of alcohol.
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When Merjia was pulled over, police obtained a name a few struck pedestrian on Avenue Street, in line with authorities. Merjia’s automobile had harm that was per a pedestrian crash, police stated.
Investigators decided Merjia’s automobile hit two folks strolling westbound throughout the eastbound shoulder of the 2000 block of Avenue Street, courtroom paperwork state.
Officers discovered he was driving 40 mph when he struck the 2.
One of many folks hit, a girl, was struck by the entrance bumper, in line with police.
Each she and the opposite sufferer, a person, have been taken to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital for therapy, officers stated. The feminine sufferer suffered a fractured pelvis and head trauma, courtroom paperwork state.
The DA’s workplace stated she spent a number of weeks on a ventilator. The male sufferer suffered minor accidents to his stomach.
Merjia admitted to consuming earlier than driving, and that he hit “one thing” whereas driving on Avenue Street, police stated. He didn’t cease to assist the folks he hit.
A blood take a look at decided his blood alcohol content material was .23, which is almost thrice the authorized restrict for driving, the DA’s workplace stated.
Merjia additionally pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor DUI offense and was given a concurrent sentence of three days to 6 months in jail. Moreover, he was ordered to pay $9,526 in restitution.
Merjia was given credit score for the time he has spent in jail since his January arrest.
His public defender declined remark when reached Thursday.