Police Investigating Early-Morning Bridge Street Crash, Suspect DUI

After a man struck a utility pole in Perkiomen Township at 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 19, reported major power outages in the area.


The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an early-morning Jan. 19 crash on the 200 block of Bridge Street as a suspected DUI.

James Ray Benson, of Collegeville, was traveling Westbound on Bridge Street in Perkiomen Township in a 2003 Mazda Protégé when he traveled into the opposing lane and off the roadway on the left, striking a fence and utility pole, police said.

Trappe Ambulance transported Benson, 25, who allegedly exhibited signs of being under the influence, to Paoli Hospital for injuries and a legal blood draw, according to police.

Residents questioned a loud crash and power outage in the Schwenksville area at around the time of the crash, and Perkiomen Valley High School, which is nearby, lost power through Saturday morning and canceled all student activities for the morning.

Perkiomen Fire Company assisted at the scene.

Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 05:38 PM
use this when you want to know if something happened in your area
RCB January 24, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Sounds like Graterford.
Brittany Tressler January 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM
In Perkiomen Township
John April 16, 2013 at 12:21 AM
You can actually sue him for that. Contact your homeowners insurance about it.
John April 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Go through your homeowners!!!! This happen to me once before. It took some time to get my money back but my homeowners fought tooth and nail for me.


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