The 35-year-old Hellertown man accused of drinking and driving before he crashed a flatbed work truck into a downtown Hellertown business last week escaped from an ambulance during a post-crash medical evaluation, only to be captured by police 45 minutes later while allegedly drinking a beer in the secluded Cinder Banks area of the borough, near Saucon Creek north of Water Street Park, according to a report published Tuesday by WFMZ Channel 69 News that cites police and court records.
According to the article, Keith A. Zerby Jr., of Clauser Street, was subsequently taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill and a warrant was issued for a blood draw that led to him being charged with DUI.
Zerby is also charged with escape, flight to avoid apprehension and careless driving, according to Northampton County court records.
As of Tuesday evening he remained incarcerated in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $30,000 straight bail, records state.
A preliminary hearing before District Judge Elizabeth Romig-Gainer is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at 9 a.m. in District Court 03-2-04 in Lower Saucon Township.
The 600 block of Main Street was closed for nearly two hours because of the accident Friday, and several cars parked in front of the vape shop were damaged or destroyed.