February 12, 2013

Hatboro man sentenced for DUI, hit-and-run

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A Hatboro man this week received a 72-hour to six-month jail sentence for a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian.
Brian S. Refsnider, 55, of the first block of Barbara Road, pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop at an accident scene after striking a pedestrian.
Refsnider, whose license will be suspended for a year, will also have to serve a three-year probation sentence after he completes his parole, pay a $1,000 fine, perform 36 hours of community service and undergo a substance-abuse evaluation and comply with any recommended treatment.

Hatboro police received a call about a reckless driver from a caller who reported that a man driving a black pickup truck that was traveling “all over the roadway” while traveling north on York Road on Feb. 28, 2012, shortly after 3 p.m., according to the complaint.

When police arrived in the area, they learned that the truck had struck a pedestrian in the first block of York Road and continued north without stopping, the complaint said. The pedestrian suffered unspecified minor injuries, according to the police report.

One of the witnesses provided police with the truck’s license plate number that authorities traced to Refsnider.

Arriving at Refsnider’s home, police found Refsnider either asleep or passed out in the driver’s seat of the truck that was parked in the driveway, the complaint said. An open bottle of vodka was found in his pocket, according to the complaint.

Refsnider said he was not aware that his truck had struck a pedestrian.
A test indicated that Refsnider had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.430, according to court documents. This is more than five times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.


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The acronyms DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI all refer to the same thing: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The most commonly used terms are DUI, an acronym for Driving Under the Influence, and DWI, an acronym for Driving While Impaired.
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