Pottstown woman faces jail for DUI crash

The Community Connection - - NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @mont­co­court­news on Twit­ter

NOR­RIS­TOWN >> A Pottstown woman whose ve­hi­cle plunged from a sec­ond­floor park­ing garage in the bor­ough and landed on its roof on the street below is fac­ing jail time af­ter she ad­mit­ted to driv­ing drunk and en­dan­ger­ing a 4-yearold child in the car.

Tar­winder Kaur, 26, of the 200 block of King Street, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 72 hours to six months in the county jail af­ter she pleaded guilty to charges of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son in con­nec­tion with the April 24 crash in the area of King Street and But­ton­wood Al­ley.

Judge Thomas C. Branca, who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the case, or­dered Kaur to re­port to the jail on Nov. 2 to be­gin serv­ing the sen­tence. The judge said Kaur also must com­plete two years’ pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing pa­role and un­dergo a drug and al­co­hol eval­u­a­tion.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan about 7:30 p.m. when Pottstown po­lice re­sponded to the area of King Street Com­mons in the 200 block of King Street for re­port of a ve­hi­cle crash. Ar­riv­ing of­fi­cers found a 2016 Toy­ota Avalon over­turned, set­ting on its roof, in But­ton­wood Al­ley.

Wit­nesses told po­lice a 4-year-old child “crawled out of the ve­hi­cle with­out be­ing helped,” ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by Pottstown Po­lice Of­fi­cer Ti­mothy Cof­fland.

“There was no proper child car seat in­side of the ve­hi­cle,” Cof­fland al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit, adding the in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined Kaur “lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and drove through a brick wall of the sec­ond story of the park­ing garage over­turn­ing her ve­hi­cle and land­ing in the al­ley­way be­hind the park­ing garage.”

As of­fi­cers spoke with Kaur at the scene they de­tected an odor of al­co­hol on her breath and Kaur kept re­peat­ing, “they are go­ing to hate me,” ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

“Tar­winder was ex­hibit­ing slurred speech through­out our con­ver­sa­tion. Tar­winder at one point in the con­ver­sa­tion said it was all her fault be­cause she was drunk,” Cof­fland al­leged.

Kaur and the child were treated at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal for mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said. Sub­se­quent tests de­ter­mined Kaur had a blood-al­co­hol con­tent of 0.22 per­cent, nearly three times the le­gal limit of 0.08 per­cent.

Dur­ing a fol­low up in­ter­view by po­lice sev­eral days af­ter the in­ci­dent, Kaur told au­thor­i­ties she was headed to the Sunoco sta­tion on West High Street on the night of the in­ci­dent and “lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle due to con­fus­ing the gas pedal with the brake pedal,” ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

By plead­ing guilty to the reck­less en­dan­ger­ment charge, Kaur ad­mit­ted that she reck­lessly en­gaged in con­duct that placed an­other per­son in dan­ger of death or se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury.

Charges of en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child and op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle with an im­proper child re­straint sys­tem were dis­missed against Kaur as part of the plea agree­ment.

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