Police Investigating Early-Morning Bridge Street Crash, Suspect DUI

After a man struck a utility pole in Perkiomen Township at 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 19, reported major power outages in the area.


The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an early-morning Jan. 19 crash on the 200 block of Bridge Street as a suspected DUI.

James Ray Benson, of Collegeville, was traveling Westbound on Bridge Street in Perkiomen Township in a 2003 Mazda Protégé when he traveled into the opposing lane and off the roadway on the left, striking a fence and utility pole, police said.

Trappe Ambulance transported Benson, 25, who allegedly exhibited signs of being under the influence, to Paoli Hospital for injuries and a legal blood draw, according to police.

Residents questioned a loud crash and power outage in the Schwenksville area at around the time of the crash, and Perkiomen Valley High School, which is nearby, lost power through Saturday morning and canceled all student activities for the morning.

Perkiomen Fire Company assisted at the scene.

Parsley January 23, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Living closeby and hearing the awful impact of that accident (sounded like a house nearby exploding), I'm shocked the driver wasn't killed. There sure seems to be a fair amount of DUI/DWI'S reported within a few miles of Graterford here on the Patch.
john santangelo January 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM
With that power surge i lost $2500 in electrnics and still have no heat. Who pays for that?
Cyndi Mccartney January 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM
John, I also lost and called peco, who will not cover anything due to it being not their problem, I talked to the state police and got the incident report and officer name, and then talked to my homeowners who told me either I go through them (which makes no sense to me) or I can find this guys insurance company and goole against him and if he had anything left, I might get reimbursed. :/ sucks!
Paula Goff January 24, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Bridge Street in what town?
Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Gratersford or as they now call it Graterford
Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 05:38 PM
use this when you want to know if something happened in your area
RCB January 24, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Sounds like Graterford.
Brittany Tressler (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM
In Perkiomen Township
John April 16, 2013 at 12:21 AM
You can actually sue him for that. Contact your homeowners insurance about it.
John April 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Go through your homeowners!!!! This happen to me once before. It took some time to get my money back but my homeowners fought tooth and nail for me.


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