The mayor of Kittatinny will have a preliminary hearing in Schuylkill County District Court Tuesday, and could face a prison term of up to 10 years if charged.
Gustavus Petykiewicz, 54, was driving while intoxicated Saturday and collided with another vehicle just after 1 p.m., according to police report. The driver of the other vehicle was Robert Doane, 40, of Kittatinny.
The first responder on the scene was Deputy Gordon Slivovitz. The deputy found the two vehicles upright in a farm field.
Doane was found conscious in his car with his head bleeding profusely. He was removed from his car by a response crew, and was then transferred by helicopter to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre. Responders were concerned he may have suffered a spinal injury.
Petykiewicz was still conscious after the collision and appeared to have no injuries. According to a police report, when Deputy Slivovitz asked the mayor if he had been drinking he responded, “You’d be drinking, too, if you were me.”
Petykiewicz went on to ask the deputy to not report the incident. According to the police report, the mayor said to the deputy, “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”
The mayor agreed to take a breath test, which showed his blood alcohol content to be .14 a police report stated. This is well over the legal limit of .08 for intoxicated driving in Pennsylvania.
Alice Magarian, 31, was driving behind Doane’s car when the incident occurred. According to a police report, Magarian said she saw a Ford, the mayor’s car, hesitate at a stop sign. She said the car continued into the intersection and collided with a Buick, Doan’s car, on the driver’s side.
The collision occurred at the intersection of State Highway 117 and Fonebone Road in the town of Frontenac, Schuylkill Country.
The mayor was taken from the sight of the incident to Schuylkill county Jail in Kittatinny. Petykiewicz did not call an attorney, but was released to the custody of his wife, Gloria Petykiewicz, just after 3 p.m. with a cash bail of $500, a police report stated.
The mayor and his wife are now hidden away in their house. When a reporter made a call to their home, Mrs. Petykiewicz had no comment to make about the incident.
Doane is still in the hospital, and suffered a broken jaw, several broken ribs, as well as cuts and bruises on his head, chest and stomach. A nursing supervisor at the hospital in Wilkes-Barre said Doane did not suffer a spinal injury, and is in good condition.
Schuylkill County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said the preliminary hearing for the mayor is Tuesday at 9 a.m. Morgenthau said the mayor will face a charge of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. This charge carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.