A Salina man was injured on his motorcycle after an intoxicated driver allegedly hit him from behind in a van.
According to Police Captain Paul Forrester, emergency responders took 19-year-old Landon Howard to Salina Regional Health Center to be treated for a deep cut in his right leg with two broken bones.
Police say Howard was stopped at a red light on Iron Avenue and 9th when his 2013 Kawasaki motorcycle was struck from behind by a van driven by 69-year-old Robert Pirtle of Salina. Pirtle left the crash scene in a 2005 Chevy Uplander, and was apprehended a short time later by a Saline County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Pirtle tested positive for DUI and will now face additional charges that could include leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended licence and driving without insurance.
Howard’s motorcycle was totaled in the crash while the Chevy van had heavy front end damage.