SWOYERSVILLE -- A man faces a charge of vehicular homicide while driving drunk for a crash earlier this year in Luzerne County that killed a passenger in his pickup truck.
It's not his first DUI charge for the driver.
John Payne of Luzerne surrendered Monday morning to face a charge of vehicular homicide while DUI.
Police say Payne was drunk in January when he crashed his pickup in Pringle. A passenger died in the wreck.
Payne was led out of his arraignment at a magistrate's office in Swoyersville. He faces charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, as well as reckless driving and related charges.
The crash in Pringle killed Kevin Sendrick in January. The man from Swoyersville was a passenger in Payne's pickup truck when it wrecked on Division Street.
According to court papers, Payne swerved to avoid another vehicle.
Medical records show Payne had a blood-alcohol level of .251 at the time. That's more than three times the legal limit.
After Payne's arraignment, he asked for forgiveness.
"Are you sorry about what happened?"
"I most certainly am," Payne replied.
"It's a difficult case because it's a tragic event where the victim was a very good friend of John's, but that still doesn't change the fact John is entitled to a defense," said Payne's lawyer Peter Moses.
At the arraignment, police said this is Payne's sixth DUI.