A State College man faces DUI and assault charges after an alleged hit-and-run in early July.
According to the criminal complaint filed by State College police, an officer responded at about 3:30 a.m. July 1 to the Minit Mart along North Atherton Street for a report of a male being harassed by a second male. The complainant, Alexander Hsu, 22, claimed the second male was “harassing him by trying to get Hsu to buy him a soda.”
Hsu was observed to be “manifestly intoxicated” at the time, police said. The second male told police that he’d found Hsu lying in the grass near his car along Corl Street, saying he could not find his keys. The man found the keys and told police he offered to give Hsu a ride home so he wouldn’t drive drunk. Because Hsu reportedly wouldn’t provide his address, the man drove him to the Minit Mart.
Hsu’s keys were returned and he was instructed by the officer that he was too intoxicated to drive, police said. Hsu allegedly agreed and left along North Atherton on foot at about 3:40 a.m.
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Shortly after 4 a.m., police said, the second male reported a hit-and-run near the Minit Mart. On police arrival, the man stated he was concerned that Hsu would return to his car so he rode his tricycle back to where he had parked the car.
When he arrived, police said, Hsu was already in his vehicle attempting to drive away. The male claimed Hsu struck him with the car, running over his tricycle and hitting a parked car.
The male attempted to pull the keys out of the car and was dragged as Hsu sped down the 400 block of Clay Lane, police said. The vehicle was reportedly stopped momentarily by part of the front bumper, which had been torn off.
There was an ensuing altercation, police said, after which Hsu was able to get away.
The officer drove to Hsu’s residence, police said, noting that part of the front bumper had been ripped off. When Hsu came out, he reportedly admitted to driving the car after being told not to.
He was reportedly still observed to be intoxicated, police said, and performed “unsatisfactorily” on a series of sobriety tests. He was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where a blood draw reportedly showed a BAC of .22.
Hsu was arraigned via summons Thursday by District Judge Steven Lachman, according to court documents, and charged with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, accidents involving personal injury and simple assault, and summary charges of accidental damage to vehicle or property and careless driving. A preliminary hearing is slated for Sept. 27.