Johnstown man drove drunk with three children in car in Charleston, Montgomery Co. Sheriff says

Photo Caption: John P. Bergen – Credit: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

CHARLESTON – A Johnstown man drove drunk with three children in his care early Thursday in the town of Charleston, Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said.

John P. Bergen, 34, of Montgomery Street, Johnstown, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child under Leandra’s Law, officials said.

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Deputies stopped Bergen just before 2 a.m. Thursday in Charleston. They then spotted three children in the vehicle’s back seat and Bergen showed signs of intoxication, officials said.

Deputies administered field sobriety tests to Bergen and placed him under arrest for driving while intoxicated, officials said.

Bergen then submitted to a chemical test at the sheriff’s office and his blood alcohol content registered at 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit to drive of 0.08 percent, officials said.

Bergen was also charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and cited for failing to use designated lane, speeding in zone and unlicensed operator, officials said.

Bergen was issued tickets and released to appear in court later.

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By Steven Cook

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