08 - 09 - 2012 Homicide charges bound over on man charged with DUI
LEWISTOWN - Homicide charges were bound over to court on Wednesday following a preliminary hearing for a man who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when his car plowed head on into a motorcycle, killing two people. Carl D. Briggs, 42, is charged with two counts each of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, involuntary manslaughter, DUI, and several summary traffic offenses. Briggs was driving around 4:30 pm. on Oct. 8, 2011 on U.S. 22/522 near McVeytown. He was driving a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer and hit a motorcycle driven by 64-year-old Bruce E. Kauffman Jr., nearly head on. Kauffman and his wife Judy K. Kauffman, 63, both died at the scene of the accident. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Stephen Griffith testified he spoke with Briggs at the scene of the accident and Briggs had a "strong odor of alcohol" on his breath. Griffith said Briggs admitted he had been drinking beer at a friend's house prior to the crash. Briggs remains free on $150,000 bail and a formal arraignment has not yet been scheduled.