Published Date Written by Dan Miller
A Middletown man was arrested for DUI twice in one day on Sunday, Feb. 22 by two different police departments after two separate hit-and-run accidents, according to court records.
And the arrests came while Richard F. Pennington Jr., 49, was scheduled to enter a plea in Dauphin County Court on another DUI charge that occurred in Swatara Twp. in 2014, police said.
The Feb. 22 incidents involving Pennington occurred just five hours apart, according to criminal complaints filed by Lower Swatara Twp. and Middletown police.
The first happened just before 3 p.m. when Middletown police say Pennington drove a silver Dodge Durango into a house and fled the scene, according to the court records. Police found him at his home in the 200 block of State Street, according to the records.
Then just before 8 p.m., a silver Dodge Durango struck a vehicle at West Harrisburg Pike and Ann Street, then continued down Ann into Middletown, according to Lower Swatara Twp. police.
The borough police officer who had arrested Pennington told township police through Dauphin County 9-1-1 that a vehicle matching the Dodge Durango had been involved in an earlier hit-and-run in Middletown, police said. Township and borough police both went to Pennington’s home, where township police arrested him for DUI. Pennington was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bond.
Besides DUI, Pennington also faces charges of driving under suspension and hit-and-run from both Lower Swatara and Middletown police, court records show.
A preliminary hearing on the Lower Swatara charges is set for Wednesday, March 4 before District Judge Michael Smith.
A preliminary hearing on the Middletown charges is set for Wednesday, March 25 before District Judge David Judy.
Pennington is scheduled to enter a plea on the 2014 DUI charge in Swatara Twp. on Friday, March 20 in county court.