Kittatinny mayor, Gustavus Petykiewich will be in court next week for preliminary hearings on charges of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.
The incident involving Petykiewich occurred a few minutes after 1 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of State Highway 117 and Fonebone Road. According to the police report Petykiewich was driving a 2006 Ford Explore East on Fonebone Road when he collided with a 1997 Buick Le Sebre heading North on the highway. After the collision both vehicles remained upright and went into a farmer’s field on the North East corner of the intersection.
According to Alice Magarian a witness to the accident, she said that the Ford Explorer hesitated but did not stop at the stop sign before hitting the Buick.
First responding deputy Gordon J. Slivovitz, reports that both cars suffered severe damage and were inoperable. He found 43 year-old Robert Doane, the driver of the Buick bleeding from the head. He was conscious but disoriented and complained of abdominal pain. The car had no airbag. He found Petykiewich conscious but disoriented. Slivovitz requested an ambulance which arrived about 20 minutes after the initial accident.
On arrival, paramedic’s were quickly concerned that Doane may have suffered spinal injuries. They secured him with a neck brace and a backboard and put him on a helicopter to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre. A nursing staff supervisor reports that Doane is in satisfactory condition. He suffered from several broken ribs, a broken jaw, various cuts and bruises. He did not suffer a spinal injury.
In Petykiewich’s car Slivovitz found a half-empty bottle of Fleischmann’s Vodka on the passenger side floor of the vehicle and the car had a heavy odor of alcohol. According to the police report Petykiewich’s speech seemed to be slurred.
When Slivovitz asked Petykiewich if he had been drinking he responded by saying, “You’d be drinking, too, if you were me.” He then said, “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I am the mayor of Kittatinny.” Petykiewich consented to a breath test where is blood alcohol content was found to be .14 percent which is almost two times the legal limit in Pennsylvania. He secured in handcuffs and was examined by paramedics. Then he was placed under arrest and put in Slivovitz’s patrol car.
He was taken to Schuylkill County Jail where he was booked and processed. He exercised his right to remain silent but did not wish to call an attorney. His wife, Gloria Petykiewich arrived at the jail a few minutes after 3 p.m. and posted the $500 bail. Mr. Petykiewich was released to the custody of his wife.
After several attempts to reach Petykiewich, he has refuses to comment on the incident.
District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says that Petykiewich could face up to ten years in prison if convicted. His court date is set for Tuesday at 9 a.m.