Police: Dillsburg man drove drunk with kids in car

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Police say Cory Bethune, 26, of Dillsburg, drove drunk with two kids in his car on Tuesday.
  • Bethune remains free on $7,500 bail.

A Dillsburg man remains free on bail Wednesday after police say he was drunk when he crashed his car, which had two children in it.

Cory Bethune

Cory Edward Bethune, 26, of the first block of Fickes Road, allegedly told police that he had only had two beers when they responded to a crash in Carroll Township, documents state.

Bethune is charged with two counts each of reckless endangerment and endangering child welfare and one count of DUI, according to court records.

Allegations: Carroll Township Police were called to a two-vehicle crash in front of Baker's Restaurant, 515 N. Route 15,  about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Police were told that Bethune, the striking driver, tried to give the victim money instead of calling police, according to charging documents.

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Police say at the scene Bethune had glassy and bloodshot eyes, and an odor of alcohol was emanating from him. Additionally, Bethune was "very unsteady" on his feet and kept leaning on his vehicle for support, according to court documents.

Bethune's speech was slurred, and his movements were slow and lethargic, police said.

He told police he had consumed only  two beers, documents state. Two children could be seen in the back seat of Bethune's car, police said.

Bethune was asked to do field sobriety tests, and all of them indicated that he had "a high level of intoxication," according to charging documents. He was taken into custody for DUI, police said.

A 2-year-old and a 7-year-old were in the back seat of Bethune's car.The 7-year-old was wearing a seat belt but was not in a proper child-restraint system, documents state. The 2-year-old was in a car seat, police said.

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Bethune was taken to Memorial Hospital, where he submitted a blood test, and he was then taken to central booking for arraignment, documents state.

Bethune was arraigned on the charges Wednesday morning, and District Judge Douglas F. Meisenhelter set his bail at $7,500, which he posted. A phone number for Bethune could not be found, and an attorney is not listed for him.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. April 24 at District Judge Richard T. Thomas' office.

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