Ridgway Man Charged for DUI Accident
RIDGWAY TOWNSHIP – A 67-year-old Ridgway man is facing DUI charges and various traffic violations after a single-vehicle accident at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of West Main Street and Hard Rock Drive in Ridgway Township.
The Ridgway-based state police identified the man as Paul A. Handza, 67, of Ridgway. He sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident; he was wearing his seatbelt. Handza refused treatment from emergency personnel at the scene and was transported by state police for a legal blood draw at the Elk Regional Medical Center. He was subsequently arrested for DUI.
According to the police report, Handza was traveling westbound on West Main Street. He failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. His vehicle traveled off the left berm and struck a utility pole before spinning counterclockwise. The Handza vehicle came to a final stop just south of the initial impact point, facing north.
The Handza vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene. State police were assisted by the Ridgway EMS, the Ridgway Fire Department and the Ridgway Fire Police.