SPRINGFIELD TWP, Mercer County — A Butler County man racked up a list of charges last week after he crashed a stolen vehicle while allegedly driving drunk.
State police suspect Bryan Scott Edinger, 44, of Mars, despite being injured in the crash, ran off and a short time later broke into a house near Interstate 79.
Troopers arrested Edinger at the house early Tuesday morning after they found him hiding in a cubby hole in a furnace closet, according to a police report.
Edinger, who faces eight charges in the alleged crime spree, also is wanted on a bench warrant for a previous drunken driving case in Butler County.
He is in the Mercer County Jail on $125,000 bail.
Police suspect Edinger was traveling on I-79 in Springfield Township about 10:05 p.m. Monday when he wrecked the vehicle that earlier had been reported stolen in Butler County.
Other motorists saw the crash. They told investigators they also saw the injured driver take off running, police said,
Troopers tracked Edinger to a house on Old Ash Road just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Police said when they arrested Edinger, he was wearing several items of winter clothing that belonged to the home’s occupant.
Edinger was taken to the Grove City Medical Center for treatment of injuries in the crash, and later arraigned and jailed.
He is charged with burglary, trespass, theft, driving under the influence, receiving stolen property, driving with a suspended license, disregarding traffic lane and failing to notify police immediately after an accident.
Meanwhile, Edinger is wanted on a warrant for failing to appear for a hearing in Butler County’s DUI court Oct. 22. That was in connection with his arrest in Butler on April 29, 2012, court records showed.