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Van driver who hit motorcyclist had been drinking, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Sep 24 2013 06:25:07 PM CDT
BANGOR, Pa. -

A van driver who fractured the leg of a motorcyclist last month was drunk, officials said.

Peter L. Savage hit Jeremy C. Wolfe with his 1999 Ford Econoline van as he drove from the unit block of South 2nd Street on to Broadway in Bangor, Northampton Co., at about 5 p.m. Aug. 16, officials said.

Wolfe was taken to the hospital with a compound fracture of his leg after being found lying in the roadway, officials noted.

Savage told police he struck something as he entered the intersection, backed up his van and saw a motorcycle and the victim in the roadway, officials said.

Savage initially denied he had been drinking, but after a field sobriety test, he told police he had consumed a pint of beer, officials said.

The officer who administered the test believed Savage was incapable of driving of safe driving, according to court papers.

A blood test at the Easton DUI Center determined Savage had a blood alcohol level of .08, officials said.

Savage, 58, of 64 Fox Gap Ave., Roseto, Northampton Co., was arraigned Monday night on charges of aggravated assault by a vehicle and driving under the influence and careless driving and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 1.