PERRY TWP, Lawrence County — Two Butler County residents were injured early Friday morning in a suspected drunken driving crash on Route 488 near the Lawrence-Butler County line, authorities said.
Tonya Durand, 32, of Prospect, the driver, was hurt and had to be rescued from the wreckage shortly after midnight. She was later flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.
State police said her passenger, Ryan M. Waller, 36, of Center Township, despite his own injuries, fled the crash before troopers or emergency crews got there. He was wanted on a bench warrant, a police report noted.
Waller was eventually caught, treated at a hospital and taken to the Lawrence County Jail.
Police said Durand was speeding on Route 488 in a GMC Envoy about 12:20 a.m. when she traveled off the road about four miles west of the Butler County.
The vehicle struck and sheared off a utility pole, leaving her trapped inside the overturned vehicle on its driver's side.
“She was partially ejected through the sunroof,” said Mark McDevitt, chief of the Wurtemburg-Perry Volunteer Fire Department.
The wires from the utility pole were under the vehicle. Firefighters called the utility company and a crew subsequently determined the lines were “dead.”
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