Man pleads not guilty to homicide

LEWISTOWN — On Tuesday, Adam English, 21, of Lewistown pleaded not guilty to nine criminal counts, including homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence before Mifflin County President Judge David Barron.

According to court documents, police responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Jacks Mountain Road in March, where EMS pronounced the passenger, Christina M. Jones, deceased on scene and transported English to UPMC Altoona Hospital. Court documents indicate that English was driving a vehicle without a valid inspection at an unsafe speed down the mountain road and neither he, nor Jones, were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

When police interviewed English at the hospital, English admitted to operating the vehicle with Jones as the passenger, according to court documents. English told police he had pulled off at the top of the road and that Jones began to drink four alcoholic beverages while they were parked, court documents state. English said he only had a sip of one of the beverages and remained parked for four to five hours before starting down the mountain and eventually crashing, according to court documents.

Court documents indicate that a blood test showed English’s blood alcohol concentration was .119 percent, which is in excess of the legal limit of .08 percent.

English had been released on unsecured bail on July 18 and was represented by the law offices of Brian Manchester.