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Driver back in court again on same offense

Ran truck into couple’s home

February 25, 2020
by Philip A. Holmes, special for The Luminary (pholmes@sungazette.com) , The Luminary

LAIRDSVILLE - A motorist already convicted of DUI more than a half a dozen times has been arrested yet again for the same offense after his 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck went off the road and crashed into a couple's bedroom along Route 118, according to state police Cpl. Matthew Brown.

State parolee Allen Stackhouse, 58, of Millville, was arraigned Friday on charges of felony DUI, recklessly endangering, careless driving and driving with a suspended license, all stemming from the crash that occurred in the 8600 block of Route 118 in Franklin Township about 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 30.

His truck struck the home where two people lived, Brown said.

Lairdsville and Unityville volunteer firefighters responded to the crash.

No one was in the house at the time of the crash, Bill Gordner, assistant Lairdsville fire chief, said Friday night.

"He went off the road, traveled about 150 yards across the front yard and crashed about 20 feet into the house," Gordner said of the driver, calling the damage to the home extensive.

The couple, who identities were not in Brown's affidavit, have been displaced by the crash, Gordner said.

Stackhouse, who was injured, was pinned in the wreckage for about 15 minutes.

Brown briefly talked with Stackhouse in the back of an ambulance. "I detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage" coming from him, the trooper said.

Stackhouse, who was treated at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, had a blood-alcohol content level of .23, Brown said.

"A criminal history shows Stackhouse has eight prior DUI convictions, three in the (last) 10 years," Brown said, adding that Stackhouse also has six convictions of driving with a suspended license.

Stackhouse, currently on state parole for a DUI conviction in 2013, was released on $25,000 bail following his arraignment before District Jon E. Kemp.

 
 

 

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