Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Driver was Fleeing Accident When Crashing into Home; Reported to be Using An Inhalant

Rush Township Police have provided an update on the incident Monday, when a vehicle crashed into a home in Hometown.

According to Rush Township Police Chief Kenneth Zipovsky, on Monday, 08 July 2019 around 5:30pm, the Rush Township Police Department and Emergency personnel responded to a report of a vehicle that collided with a residence in the unit block of Lafayette Avenue in the village of Hometown.

On arrival, it was determined that John Pickens, 38, was the owner and operator of the vehicle who had collided with the residence.

According to witnesses, the Pickens had attempted to flee from a collision, but was unsuccessful in doing so. 

Pickens was also observed to be abusing inhalants at the time of the collision. 

Further investigation into this incident positively identified Pickens are the operator of a vehicle that had rear- ended an operator in the area of the 200 block of Claremont Avenue immediately prior to the collision into this residence. 

Pickens had fled that accident scene, and the collision into the residence occurred as Pickens was fleeing the scene of the first accident. 

Pickens was not injured as a result of the collision. And no one inside the residence was injured as a result of this incident.

The defendant was taken into custody, and submitted to a blood test at St. Luke’s Hospital in Coaldale. 

Investigation into this matter is continuing. 

The appropriate charges will be filed upon completion of this investigation. 

The Rush Township Police Department was assisted by the Tamaqua Police Department,

the Hometown Volunteer Fire Company #1, Hometown Fire Police, Tamaqua Ambulance, Lehighton Ambulance, and Tamaqua Rescue.

Photos Courtesy of Rush Township Police

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