Thursday, January 11, 2024

Shenandoah Man Faces Charges for Leaving Scene of East Union Township Crash

East Union Township Police have filed charges against a Shenandoah man for fleeing the scene of a crash in the township last month.

According to court papers from Magisterial District Judge Anthony Kilker's office, Omar Paulino Barsona, 46, of Shenandoah has been charged with accidents involving damage to property, fraudulent use or removal of a registration plate, and altered documents and/or plates.

East Union Township Sgt. Chris Dimmick reported that on December 26th, 2023, he was driving to work around 3:45am, and found a black van over the guide rail and down an embankment along Route 924, approximately a 1/2 mile south of Sheppton.  A 2nd vehicle bearing New Jersey registration was also parked along the highway.

Both individuals at the scene told Sgt. Dimmick they weren't injured and appeared to be in a hurry to leave.

Sgt. Dimmick reported the incident into Schuylkill Communications and left the scene to get his patrol vehicle.

Upon returning to the scene, both individuals had left the scene, and the wrecked van had its registration removed and the inspection sticker scraped off.

Steve's Towing responded to the scene and pulled the vehicle back to the roadway where Sgt. Dimmick was able to check the VIN number on the vehicle.  The vehicle was reported to be owned by Paulino Barsona.

Sgt. Dimmick was also able to determine that Paulino Barsona was at the scene based off his driver's license photo on file.

As a result, on January 5th, 2024, Sgt. Dimmick filed the above charges against Paulino Barsona.

He will answer to those charges during a preliminary hearing before Judge Kilker on January 24th, 2024.

Photo Courtesy of Sheppton Fire