Po­lice ar­rest driver for hit-and-run

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

NORTH COVEN­TRY » North Coven­try Po­lice have ar­rested a man fol­low­ing a hit and run crash that a res­i­dent wit­nessed ear­lier this month.

Po­lice said they have charged Richard Allen Mess­ner, 58, of Boyertown, af­ter he al­legedly crashed into a ve­hi­cle on Route 422 and con­tin­ued down the road.

At 4 p.m. on Aug. 15, North Coven­try Po­lice re­sponded to the area of Route 422 west near mile marker 171.3 for a re­port of a hit-and-run crash. The vic­tim re­ported that Mess­ner was driv­ing er­rat­i­cally, struck his ve­hi­cle and con­tin­ued to travel west­bound on Route 422, fail­ing to stop af­ter the ac­ci­dent, po­lice said. The vic­tim pro­vided po­lice with the strik­ing ve­hi­cles de­scrip­tion, make, model and Penn­syl­va­nia reg­is­tra­tion.

Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice al­lege Mess­ner had been driv­ing the ve­hi­cle and he was pro­cessed and re­leased pend­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

Mess­ner has been charged with ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing dam­age to an at­tended ve­hi­cle or prop­erty, duty to give in­for­ma­tion and ren­der aid, care­less driv­ing and dis­re­gard­ing traf­fic lanes.

Richard Allen Mess­ner

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