The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 14, 2013

West Virginia driver surrenders after 8 months on lam

— SUNBURY — Sunbury police were shocked on Monday when the West Virginia man who alledgedly slammed into two city police cars and a third vehicle while driving intoxicated arrived at the station after eight months on the run and simply said, “I surrender.”

Sunbury District Judge Ben Apfelbaum issued a warrant in May for Derek Lavoie, 31, of Sisterville, after he failed to appear in court on several charges.

The accidents took place at about 2:30 a.m. May 9 near the entrance to the Sunbury police station. State police at Stonington, who investigated, alleged that Lavoie fell asleep while driving north on Market Street. His van crossed into the southbound lane and veered into the police cars, which were shoved into an officer’s personal vehicle.

Police said Lavoie’s blood-alcohol reading was 0.215, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 to be considered intoxicated. They also said he did not have a valid driver’s license or vehicle insurance.

The police vehicles incurred more than $20,000 in damage. The city had to pay a $2,000 deductible while the insurance company picked up the balance.


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