Katie Spotz’ Journey

November 17th, 2014

On Saturday at approximately 1 p.m., Mayor Gustavus Petykiewicz, 56, was arrested after causing an accident at the intersection of Highway 117 and Fonebone Road in the town of Frontenac. Petykiewicz was intoxicated while driving, causing him to blow through a stop sign and hit 42-year-old Robert Doane’s vehicle.

A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the passenger seat of Petykiewicz’s Ford Explorer.

When Petykiewicz was asked if he had been drinking, he responded with, “You’d be drinking, too, if you were me,” adding, “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

Petykiewicz consented to a breath test, and blew a .14, which is .06 over the legal limit. He also failed a field sobriety test.

Paramedics feared that Doane was at risk of a spinal injury, so he was transported to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center via a Flight for Life helicopter. While his spine turned out to be unharmed, he sustained many other injuries, including a broken jaw and various contusions to the head.

Petykiewicz was transported to Schuylkill County Jail in Kittatinny, where his wife, Gloria Petykiewicz, posted his bail of $500.

A witness to the accident, 33-year-old Alice Magarian, recalled that Doane was proceeding at a steady rate of 55 mph, and that Petykiewicz seemed to hesitate at the stop sign before going through it and hit the Doane’s Buick on the driver’s side.

Reporters have attempted to get in contact with the Petykiewiczes, but to no avail.

This charge comes at a bad time for the mayor, who is currently dealing with the unpopular city budget that he proposed.

According to Schuylkill County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, Petykiewicz’s hearing will be held on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. He will face the charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing injuries to the victim.

This felony carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.