State College man convicted in 2009 DUI crash

A State College man was convicted this week on felony charges for injuring a woman while driving drunk and then fleeing the scene of the crash.

A Centre County jury found Alex Brown, 25, guilty Tuesday on felony charges of aggravated assault while driving under the influence and causing an accident with injury while not being properly licensed.

Prosecutors said that Brown was drinking at a home in Park Forest in November 2009 when he decided to take a female acquaintance for a joy ride around the neighborhood.

Brown was speeding and lost control of his sedan while rounding a sharp turn on North Oak Lane.

His vehicle hit a telephone pole, shearing it off and trapping the woman inside the car, prosecutors said.

The woman suffered life-threatening internal injuries and a badly broken wrist, according to prosecutors.

They said Brown asked the woman if she could get out, and when she replied “no,” he ran from the scene and back to the house where he was drinking.

A neighbor who heard the crash called 911. When police and an ambulance arrived, the woman was still pinned inside the vehicle.

The woman and others from the party who had come to the scene initially refused to identify Brown, but police eventually learned his name and tracked him down at the home where he was drinking.

Prosecutors said that his blood alcohol content could have been as high as .114 percent when the crash occurred.

He was found to have been driving an uninsured vehicle and with a suspended license.

Brown is set to be sentenced Jan. 10 before Judge Jonathan D. Grine.