Gilbertsville Drunk Driver On Phone Causes Crash, Police Say

Kimberly A. Welch, 41, allegedly had a blood-alcohol content greater than .16 at the time of the crash.

A Gilbertsville woman is facing charges of DUI and related summary offenses after she allegedly crashed her vehicle into a utility pole while drunk and talking on her cell phone.

Police say that 41-year-old Kimberly A. Welch, of Gilbertsville, had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) greater than .16 at the time of the crash, which is more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

The report states that while Welch was driving westbound on Main Street in Trappe on Jan. 18, she allegedly began to utilize her cell phone,  which caused her to divert attention away from the roadway. Moments later, she had crashed her 2008 Honda Accord into a utility pole.

Welch suffered minor injuries and was treated at Phoenixville Hospital. A passenger in the vehicle was unharmed.

Following an investigation into the crash, Welch was charged on Feb. 7 with DUI of .16 blood-alcohol or greater, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and failure to use a safety belt for both the driver and passenger.

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