Coal Center woman charged with DUI after fiery crash
A Coal Center woman who was rescued from her wrecked car seconds before it caught fire was drunk the night of the crash, police said.
Renee R. Geho, 49, of 7 DeBlassio Drive, was charged by California police with DUI-highest rate, DUI-general impairment (first offense), two counts of criminal mischief and driving an unregistered vehicle.
Officer Alyssa Haines filed the charges at the office of Magisterial District Judge Joshua Kanalis in Centerville. Geho will be sent them via postal summons, according to court records. She faces a preliminary hearing before Kanalis 4 p.m. July 15.
Geho's charges stem from an early morning June 4 crash on Dally Road in Long Branch. Police said Geho was driving on Dally Road when she lost control on a sharp bend and her vehicle hit the utility pole and retaining wall of a residence near Chestnut Street.
Jeremy Berish heard the crash from his Dally Road residence at 1:17 a.m. and pulled Geho out of the wreckage seconds before the car was engulfed in flames.
Haines and Charleroi Regional Police Officer Bill Gardner arrived moments later, saw Geho lying unconscious next to the car and moved her further away from the burning car and live utility wires.
Berish told police Geho was “conscious but not coherent,” when he arrived. He said her car went “straight through” the pole.
Geho was treated at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township.
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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