Kathryn Marie Bembenic, 31, 202 Hill St., Sykesville, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, accident with serious bodily injury, DUI and summaries. Her bail was set at $25,000, unsecured.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were called to the scene of an accident in Sandy Township on Oct. 14 at 5:47 a.m. The accident occurred in the area of state Route 119 and Stanley Bottom Road.
When police arrived, they saw a white Chevy Blazer on its side and a dark Chevrolet pick-up truck about 160 feet away in a field. An officer spoke with the driver of the truck identified as Bembenic who stated, “I shouldn’t have been driving.” The officer could smell alcohol on her breath and noticed she was swaying back and forth. When asked again what had happened, she said, “I had too much to drink and I hit that car.”
During field sobriety tests, she stepped off the line and stated, “I am drunk. I cannot do this test.” She was then placed under arrest for DUI. She was checked out by emergency medical personnel, but she refused treatment, saying she was fine.
Bembenic was taken to DuBois Regional Medical Center for a blood alcohol test. At first she refused the test but reconsidered after talking with her father. Her blood alcohol content was found to be 0.217 percent. The legal level of intoxication in Pennsylvania is 0.08 percent.
The driver of the other vehicle had to be cut from the vehicle and was flown to an Altoona trauma center. She suffered a dislocated hip/fractured hip, a broken left finger, a concussion, contusions and bruising. A titanium plate and six screws were used to re-attach her hip, but doctors said she would probably need a replacement for both hips. She was out of work for four months and had to have a home nurse. She also had 12 weeks of intensive physical therapy.
Her injuries will prevent her from walking normally for the rest of her life. She is looking for a different job because she cannot stand on her feet for long periods of time, according to court documents.
The victim told police she was traveling north that morning on SR 119 when she noticed a truck on her side of the road. She did not have time to react and slammed on her brakes before her vehicle was struck.