Police: Numerous charges to be filed after early morning hit-and-run spree through Philipsburg

From CDT staff reportsNovember 15, 2013 

— State police say a 20-year-old Philipsburg man went on a drunken tear through the borough early Thursday morning, crashing his car into at least two other vehicles and a utility pole and attempting to break into a nearby home after fleeing the accident scenes.

State police said Jesse Byler drove his 2002 Ford Taurus sedan into a 1997 Ford Escort driven by Tracy Toth, 43, also of Philipsburg, at the intersection of Ninth and Pine streets at 4:25 a.m. Byler turned the wrong way onto Pine, which is a one-way street, police said.

Also in the Escort were Linda Glass, 54, and Joseph Scierka, 24, also of Philipsburg. Neither Toth nor her passengers were injured, police said. The Escort had been waiting at a red light.

Police said Byler continued driving the wrong way down Pine Street, and a block and a half away slammed into a Penelec utility pole, disabling his Taurus. He then left that crash scene and tried to enter a Fourth Street home owned by Anthony Mull, 76, according to police.

The troopers caught Byler at the scene, where he had smashed a window to gain entry to the front door, according to a police report. Byler was brought back to the crash scene on Ninth and Pine streets, where the victims positively identified him as the suspect, police said.

While police were investigating, James Bumbarger, 41, of Philipsburg, reported that his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, which was parked along East Laurel Street, had been hit, according to the report. Police said they determined Byler also was involved in that incident.

Byler was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center where he consented to a blood test, police said.

He will be charged with driving under the influence, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, underage drinking and numerous traffic citations associated with the hit-and-run crashes, according to the report.

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