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Driver gets jail time for role in Pa. crash

March 18, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man will spend at least six months in the county jail for his role in a car accident that sent two men to the hospital last year.

John E. Daywalt, 20, 7180 Slabtown Road, Apt. 4, was sentenced to six to 23 months in the Franklin County Prison and given six days credit for time served on one count of driving under the influence. He started serving his sentence Wednesday.

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker also sentenced Daywalt to 60 months probation for one count of aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence, according to court records.

Walker ordered him to pay $20,000 in restitution to the two victims. Daywalt previously pleaded no contest to the charges. A no contest plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt, but is offering no defense.

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The accident occurred at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 20, as Daywalt's Ford Mustang crossed the center line of Pa. 233 near Slabtown Road and struck a Chevrolet Cavalier in the oncoming lane, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Daywalt fled on foot but was found by police, who detected a smell of alcohol on him, the affidavit said.

Daywalt's blood alcohol concentration was .04 percent, which is above the legal limit for a minor, according to court records.

One victim required surgery for a broken ankle and a severe scalp laceration, and the other suffered broken ribs, the affidavit said.

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