Cell phone leads to crash, arrest of area fugitive
A Lehighton area man was arrested Thursday after a one-car accident in Mahoning Township on charges not related to the accident.
Matthew Karabinos, 26, of the 400 block of Pine Hollow Drive, Lehighton (Mahoning Township) was nabbed for an outstanding arrest warrant from Dauphin County.
The pending charges, filed by the Pa. State Police, are for forgery, illegal access device use and theft from a vehicle.
Karabinos was placed under arrest and transported to the Carbon County Correctional facility to be detained for the PSP.
Mahoning Township Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes said the accident happened at about 12:26 p.m. in the 700 block of Jamestown Drive.
Police said Karabinos was driving his 2001 Volkswagen east on Jamestown Drive, when he swerved off the road and hit a utility pole head on, snapping the pole and knocking wires down.
Karabinos told the investigating officer he looked down at his cell phone for a couple of seconds, drifted off the road and hit the pole.
He was not injured. His car was towed and the roadway was shut down for approximately two hours.
Police said Karabinos was driving without insurance and was cited for that violation.
However, the investigating officer ran an NCIC check on Karabinos and found he was wanted by the Pennsylvania State Police in Dauphin County.