03 May Trenton man charged with DUI following fatal crash
A Trenton man who fled from police early Friday morning is facing homicide by DUI charges following a fatal crash. The incident happened on I-95 in Bristol Township, according to an article by LevittonNow.com.
“Arthur A. Lewis, 23, is charged with the early Friday morning death of Javairia M. Mahmood, 22, of Trenton,” the article reads.
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Lewis reportedly fled Pennsylvania State police about 12:35 a.m. on Friday. They were attempting to pull his Acura over after he was caught going 94 mph in a 55 mph work zone. Lewis had three passengers in his car, including Mahmood.
When police attempted to pull him over by activating their emergency lights, Lewis allegedly slowed down, but never stopped. He then sped off and passed several vehicles and then turned his headlights off. When the police located the Acura, it was reportedly overturned and mangled. It had struck a concrete barrier.
“In court papers, a trooper stated they had to travel 115 mph to keep up with Lewis,” the article reads. “At points in their brief pursuit, state police had trouble keeping up with the Acura and stayed up to a half mile behind.”
The Bucks County District Attorney’s office released a statement to the public saying they suspected illegal drugs were involved. Police discovered a bag of suspected marijuana on the ground outside of the car, a bag of suspected cocaine inside of the car and when they cut off Lewis’ jacket, they discovered three bundles of suspected heroin.
Prosecutors said Lewis’ eyes were bloodshot and he was slow and lethargic when they found him. He refused to submit to a chemical blood test.
“Rescue workers and troopers found Mahmood dead seated with her belt on in the passenger seat,” the article reads. “In the rear of the Acura, a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were found in the back seat, one unresponsive.”
Both the 16 and 19-year-old survived the crash and were transported to separate hospitals as a result of injuries they sustained in the crash.
“Lewis was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown, where he was arraigned bedside by District Judge Joseph Falcone, who ordered him held without bail,” the article reads. “Troopers will guard Lewis until he can be moved to the Bucks County prison in Doylestown.”