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Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Greensburg driver stopped to check on the welfare of another motorist he struck on Saturday in New Alexandria, but he fled west on Route 22 after noticing the other man was bleeding, state police at Kiski Valley allege.

The driver, Michael A. Roudebush, 41, was arrested several miles from the crash scene, sitting in his damaged sport utility vehicle at a BP service station at the intersection of Routes 22 and 819 in Salem Township.

Trooper Vincent Sonafelt said officers had to use a Taser during the arrest of Roudebush, who had a plastic cup filled with beer in his center console when he was stopped.

Roudebush was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, hit and run, driving while his privileges are revoked, resisting arrest, failing to notify authorities of an accident, careless driving and driving on a suspended license.

Police said Roudebush's driving privileges were revoked in Alaska, where he used to live. Online court records indicate Roudebush had been arrested in that state four times for driving under the influence of alcohol since 2004 and twice for driving on a suspended license.

The accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of Route 22 at 11:03 p.m. Saturday, just east of the intersection with Route 981, when Roudebush's SUV struck a Nissan Altima driven by David Cuevas, age unknown, of Philadelphia.

“(Roudebush) did exit his vehicle and approach Cuevas ... who was still sitting in his vehicle. The defendant asked Cuevas if he was injured and Cuevas answered, ‘Are you kidding?' ” Sonafelt wrote in the affidavit of probable cause filed before Derry District Judge Mark Bilik.

Cuevas was bleeding profusely from injuries to his right hand and arm, Sonafelt said. Cuevas was taken by ambulance to Excela Latrobe Hospital for treatment of multiple broken bones in his right arm, which will require surgery, according to Sonefelt.

After seeing that Cuevas was injured, Roudebush got back into his vehicle and drove east, Sonafelt alleges. An unidentified witness to the crash reportedly followed Roudebush and notified police of his whereabouts.

Roudebush was jailed after failing to post $25,000 bond set by Mt. Pleasant District Judge Roger Eckels, pending a preliminary hearing to be scheduled before Bilik.

Meanwhile, police in Somerset are searching for a driver involved in an apparent hit-and-run accident on Saturday night.

Police said David Swintosky, 51, of Rockwood was discovered about 6:19 p.m. lying “headfirst” in a snowbank along the 100 block of West Union Street in Somerset.

He was taken by ambulance to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for treatment of serious injuries, police said. His clothing and boots showed signs that he was struck and dragged by a vehicle, but he had no recollection because of his injuries, according to police. A condition report on Swintosky was not available from the hospital on Monday.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 814- 445-1525.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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