King of Prussia man gets jail time for DUI crash in Perkiomen Twp.

NORRISTOWN — A King of Prussia man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a DUI crash in Perkiomen Township in September 2013 that sent another driver to the hospital with multiple broken bones.

Devin Pearson, 25, of the 100 block of Crooked Lane, pleaded guilty to one felony count of accident involving the death or personal injury while not properly licensed and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.

Other charges including additional driving under the influence charges and other summary driving offenses were dropped at sentencing.

Pearson was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in prison. He will get credit for time served from March 14 of this year to Aug. 6 of this year. When he is released he will have to serve three years of probation, pay $1,000 in fines and court costs, and perform 36 hours of community service. Pearson will also have to attend an alcohol highway safety school.

An investigation began on Sept. 26, 2013, at 7:14 p.m. when state police from the Skippack barracks were called to the first block of Gravel Pike Road. When police arrived they found two cars that were heavily damaged: one partially on the roadway and partially on the south shoulder, the second had left the road way and rested in a lot off of the road. Fire crews were extracting the driver whose car was partially in the road way.

After the woman was taken out of her car, she said she was driving south on Gravel Pike Road when another vehicle travelling north crossed the center line and struck her head on.

A witness, who said he did not see the crash but came out of his house after he heard it, said he saw a man in a white tank top get out of the car on the lot and leave the scene.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, at 9:30 p.m. a trooper from the state police saw a man fitting the description of the man who left the scene, later identified as Pearson, walking in the area of Route 113 and Route 29 in Perkiomen Township. After being taken into custody, Pearson admitted to being the man who fled the scene of the accident.

Shortly after being taken into custody, Pearson’s girlfriend approached the officer and said the car he was driving was rented by her. She said she came forward because after the crash, Pearson called her and asked her to drive him away from the scene. Pearson was then taken to the hospital to have his blood drawn to be tested.

On Oct. 16, 2013 police made contact with the victim who said because of the accident she sustained a spiral fracture, a broken nose, a thoracic strain, a cervical strain, and several cuts and bruises. On the same day, police received the test results from Pearson’s blood and found that at the time of the accident he had codeine, oxycodone, valium, Xanax, Nordiazepam and marijuana in his system.