Coaldale police have charged a Kunkletown man with several traffic law violations stemming from an incident that happened in June.
Travis Johnson, 23, of Potato Path Road, was charged Sunday by Officer Joseph Krebs with duty to give information and render aid, violations of the law concerning an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle or property, driving on roadways laned for traffic, no passing zones, reckless driving, and making false reports.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:
At 10:15 p.m. June 14, Krebs was on duty as a Coaldale patrolman, working the 3 to 11 p.m. shift, when he was asked to go to neighboring Tamaqua's police station to discuss an incident that had happened in Coaldale. There he spoke with Adam Demyanovich, who told Krebs he had been driving on Route 209 in the area of Manilla Grove Drive when a vehicle passed him in a no-passing zone.
He described the vehicle as a lime green work van, with ladders on the top. When the van passed Demyanovich, it cut back in to the correct lane of travel too soon, swiping the side of Demyanovich's car.
That night, Krebs was working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift as a patrolman in Tamaqua. At 4:09 a.m. he saw the van traveling north on Mauch Chunk Street. He activated his emergency lights and pulled the van over. He questioned the driver, whom he identified as Johnson, about the earlier incident in Coaldale.
Johnson denied having driven the van through Coaldale or having been involved in any accidents.
Krebs arrested Johnson for suspicion of driving under the influence.
On Sept. 10, Krebs was working the 3 to 11 p.m. shift in Coaldale. He contacted the owner of the van, Frank Tobia, and Johnson. Both agreed to come to the police station to discuss the incident. When they arrived they were interviewed separately after being read their Miranda warnings.
Johnson explained what had happened that evening and admitted to Krebs that he was driving the van and did get into an accident at about 10 p.m.
Demyanovich provided an estimate of damages to his car that came to $2,071.34.