Man saved from burning car charged with DUI

Christopher Dornblaser

The man saved from a burning car back in December is charged with DUI for the incident, his fifth DUI charge in the past 19 years, according to police.

York Township Fire Chief Nate Tracey rescued a man from his vehicle Monday morning.

Gregory William Fabie, 41, of 299 Winners Circle, Red Lion, is charged with general impairment and driving under the influence, according to charging documents.

This is Fabie's fifth DUI charge; he pleaded guilty to charges in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2014, according to online court records.

Fabie was rescued from his vehicle after crashing into a pole on the morning of Dec. 28 on the 100 block of Indian Rock Dam Road in York Township, police said.

York Township Fire Chief Nate Tracey pulled Fabie out of the burning car, which was caught on video. The video has been viewed 874,000 times on the department's Facebook page since it was posted.

The officer on the scene noted it was clear that Fabie did not negotiate the curve to the left and instead continued straight off the roadway and into the pole, documents state.

Police say after Fabie was sent to York Hospital for treatment, a full bottle of Pinnacle Coconut vodka  and a couple of six packs of Smirnoff malt beverages, some broken, were found in the front passenger area of his vehicle.

After that, the officer visited Fabie at the hospital, where he could smell a strong odor of an alcohol coming from Fabie, and he had bloodshot, glossy eyes, police said.

Fabie seemed confused and had long pauses when asked simple questions about his insurance policy information, police said.

Police say Fabie was very agitated and refused to take a blood alcohol test, and he began to yell obscenities at the officer, telling the officer he would see him in court.

On Jan. 6, police picked up records from a search warrant showing the blood taken from Fabie on that day showed a blood alcohol content .324 percent, according to police. That is almost four times the legal limit.

His preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 8 at 1 p.m., according to online court records.

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