Driver, passenger flee after crashing down 100-foot cliff
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The driver and passenger of the Jeep Cherokee fled on foot after crashing 100-foot down a steep enbankment in the center of Tamaqua.
Just before midnight last night, residents living next to the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua looked outside their homes after hearing a loud crash. One of the neighbors was quick to investigate and noticed a green Jeep Cherokee half way down a steep 200-foot embankment, located at the intersection of Washington and Lafayette Streets. One neighbor said she saw two people get out of the vehicle and run down the embankment and then run down the railroad tracks. The neighbor added the Jeep was rocking and only held in place by a few small trees.
Forty-feet of metal fencing was also destroyed by the crash.
Tamaqua Police were quick to investigate and found the suspects on Arlington Street in Tamaqua.
Police stated the suspected driver of the Jeep was Michael Boyer, 22, of Tamaqua, with Benjamin Rabenold, 22, of Quakake, being the suspected passenger.
Reportedly having odors of alcohol, both Boyer and Rabenold were taken to Pottsville Hospital for tests.
Charges may be filed upon completion of the investigation.
Also responding were Tamaqua Rescue Squad and firefighters from Citizen's and South Ward Fire Companies.
Tamaqua Fire Police controlled traffic at the top and bottom of the steep embankment.
Officer Thomas Rodgers is the investigating officer.
No serious injuries were reported.