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A New Holland man was convicted this week of driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, along with cocaine and marijuana in his system.
Following the verdict, Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker sentenced 45-year-old Jerry Pernsley to 3 to 23 months in prison, followed by three years of probation. Pernsley must also pay a $1,000 fine.
Assistant District Attorney Samantha Laverty presented evidence at the day-long trial that Pernsley crashed his Cadillac on Route 340 in Salisbury Township on May 13, 2018, and that his blood-alcohol level was .202 percent shortly after the crash. A blood test also revealed evidence of cocaine and marijuana.
The driver of another vehicle damaged in the crash testified that only one person, a man, was in the oncoming vehicle. Also, a passerby who stopped at the scene testified that the Cadillac’s driver’s side door was open and that Pernsley was at the scene. Police found Pernsley laying on the road upon arrival. Pernsley claimed he was not driving the Cadillac.
The jury deliberated about three hours before deciding the case Tuesday morning. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Brandon Jacquette filed charges, including two counts of DUI and related summary offenses.