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Schuylkill County Man Charged After Driving Into Chambersburg Fountain

chambersburg fountain crash pottsville man charged with dui

chambersburg fountain crash pottsville man charged with dui

A Schuylkill County man has been charged with DUI after he crashed into a public fountain in the middle of Chambersburg, Franklin County, earlier this month.

According to information released by Chambersburg PD, a blood test confirmed that Gary Hummel, 40, of Pottsville, was driving under the influence when he crashed his SUV into the Chambersburg Memorial Fountain back on Dec. 2.

Chambersburg PD says Hummel faces a DUI-Highest Rate charge as well as other traffic-related offenses that stem from when someone decides to drive their SUV into a giant fountain in the middle of a town square.

Pottsville Man Charged with DUI After Driving Into Chambersburg Fountain

At 2:53 a.m. back on Dec. 2, police say Hummel was traveling west on Lincoln Way in Chambersburg at the time of the crash.

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Surveillance video released by Chambersburg PD shows Hummel’s SUV speeding toward the Memorial Fountain, which is in the middle of a traffic roundabout. Hummel’s vehicle hits something in front of the fountain and launches into the air.

Here’s a look at what the fountain looks like on a normal day (photo from Google Maps, circa 2019):

chambersburg fountain 2019

The crash knocked out the lights illuminating the fountain and Hummel’s SUV splashes down in the water.

Chambersburg PD says it arrived on the scene quickly and got Hummel transported to a nearby hospital for “non-life-threatening injuries.”

Hummel is also suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run crash prior to his splashdown in the Chambersburg fountain. The borough’s PD says Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a crash near the Days Inn near Chambersburg.

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Details on that investigation haven’t been released.

Check out full video of the crash here, as released by Chambersburg PD:

Images and video from Chambersburg PD, Google

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