A Pottstown man was charged with drunken driving after a witness reported his car struck a speed limit sign Tuesday evening, Sept. 1, on Palisades Drive near the Dry Brooks Boat Launch of Blue Marsh Lake in Bern Township and didn’t immediately stop.
Eric Ashenfelder, 42, eventually stopped on County Welfare Road slightly more than a mile from where the sign was struck shortly before 6 p.m. His car sustained fender damage as well as damage to the driver’s side of the car and the trailer that it was towing.
According to township police:
The witness called police after seeing the car and trailer tandem swerve off Palisades Drive and strike the sign. He followed the car as it turned onto County Welfare Road and stopped.
A police officer responded and spoke to Ashenfelder. He noticed the driver’s eyes appeared watery and bloodshot and his breath smelled of alcohol.
Ashenfelder reportedly told the officer he had three or four beers about five hours earlier. He was given a field sobriety test and failed.
A breath test revealed his blood-alcohol level was 0.19%, more than twice the legal limit for driving.
Ashenfelder was free to await a hearing after arraignment before District Judge Alvin Robinson in Reading Central Court. Besides DUI, he was charged with accidents involving damage to unattended property.