Lower Salford Police said a Skippack Township man who was driving under the influence fled the fiery scene of an accident shortly after midnight Saturday, which left Route 113 in Harleysville shut down for several hours.
According to a press release, around 12:24 a.m. authorities were called to the scene of a single-vehicle accident in the 500 block of Route 113 (Harleysville Pike). Police said responding officers found a 2013 Chevrolet sedan hit a utility pole at the location, breaking it. The impact caused a large amount of utility wire to fall onto the roadway, police said.
The car caught on fire and had to be extinguished by Harleysville Fire Department. Police said the driver, identified as Terrance Gadsby, 25, fled the scene and was taken into custody after what authorities called a thorough search of the area, with assistance from Towamencin Township, Franconia Township, Souderton Borough and Montgomery Township police departments.
A K-9 unit from Montgomery Township helped in search efforts.
Lower Salford Police Sgt. Corey Moyer said Gadsby was found in the parking lot of Oak Ridge Elementary School and was arrested on multiple charges. Gadsby, who police said refused tests to determine a blood alcohol concentration, was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, loitering and prowling, reckless driving and (leaving the scene of) accidents involving property damage.
There were no passengers in Gadsby’s car at the time of the accident.
The 500 block of Route 113 was closed until around later Sunday morning, police said, due to the severity of the crash and the damage to the utility pole. Authorities said PECO workers continued repairs into the day Monday.
Gadsby was arraigned by Judge Robert Sobek of Blue Bell District Court and was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8 at 1:45 p.m. in Skippack District Court.
The crash is still under investigation and the Lower Salford Township Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 215-256-9500.