Cumberland Times-News

May 13, 2013

Everett council member jailed in DUI crash

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— BEDFORD, Pa. — Everett Borough Councilman Charles Karns was in jail Monday, sentenced by Judge Thomas Ling to five days to six months for a 2009 driving under the influence offense that endangered the lives of two pedestrians, according to the Office of the Bedford County District Attorney.

In April of that year, Karns’ blood alcohol content tested 0.189 percent, more than twice the legal limit, when he nearly struck two female pedestrians near Penn West Bar and Hotel before crashing into an embankment.

Karns was found guilty of DUI at a February 2011 trial and was sentenced to six months to almost two years, but remained free on appeal. Eventually, Karns was determined to be guilty of DUI-general-impairment and a further appeal denied.

Although the prosecutor recommended a sentence of three months in jail because of the danger to the pedestrians, District Attorney Bill Higgins said in a press release that he was satisfied with the five days incarceration, the mandatory minimum for a second offense.