DUI driver gives Amish teens beer, causes buggy crash

Thomas C. Felts

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania man will serve up to six months in prison for giving beer to Amish teens and then causing a collision with their horse-drawn buggy.

Thomas C. Felts, 25, of Nottingham, was sentenced this week in Lancaster County Court to serve at least 30 days, according to District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office.

Felts pleaded guilty in March to misdemeanor counts of DUI and furnishing alcohol to minors.

Prosecutors said he came across the boys Aug. 30 at a Turkey Hill store along Route 272 in Buck and began talking to the group about “Rumspringa,” the period when some Amish youth wear non-Amish clothing, buy cars, or experiment in other non-Amish activities before joining the church.

He showed the teens his pistol and gave them cans of beer before driving away from the store, authorities said.

When felts passed the buggy later, prosecutors said he screamed “Rumspringa” and then stopped his car quickly, causing the buggy to strike the back of the car.

No one was seriously hurt.

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