A second Kingston police officer was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence following an all-terrain vehicle crash in September.
Officer Jonathan Karasinski was charged with DUI — nearly double over the legal limit — driving at an unsafe speed and operating an ATV on the street.
Officer John Sosnoski was charged Oct. 20 with the same set of offenses. He was nearly three times over the legal blood alcohol limit.
New details emerged Wednesday when the arrest papers were released. Sosnoski and Karasinski, who were off duty, crashed their all-terrain vehicles around 1:20 a.m. Sept. 29 in Edwardsville, state police at Wyoming said.
According to the affidavit, the officers were drinking at Rush Inn on Zerby Avenue in Kingston, then left the bar on their ATVs.
They were riding south on Zerby Avenue near High Street — about five blocks from where the left — when Karasinski lost control and flipped his 2014 Polaris Sportsman.
Sosnoski swerved to miss Karasinski’s ATV and slammed his 2014 Polaris Sportsman into a tree along the street, police said.
On Oct. 7, he told police he went to the Rush Inn. He left there and the next thing he remembered was waking up with a tube in his throat.
Karasinski, 35, of Exeter, was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for treatment of severe head trauma before Edwardsville police arrived, police said.
Police got on scene to find Sosnoski, 24, of Ashley, showed signs of being under the influence and smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit.
Police said they asked him how much he had to drink, and Sosnoski told them he had one beer.
Police asked him if he would take a portal breath test. He said he would rather not, but then agreed. The blood alcohol limit is .08 percent. He blew a .16 percent, but had a blood alcohol level of .21 percent, police said.
He was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence, police said. He was treated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for an ankle injury and released.
Police obtained a search warrant to get Karasinski’s blood alcohol level, which was .14 percent.
Sosnoski is on paid suspension pending a disciplinary hearing to determine what, if any action should be taken.
Neither Mayor James Haggerty nor Kingston police Chief Michael Krzywicki immediately returned messages seeking Karasinski’s employment status.