Members are picking up the pieces today after a vehicle struck their church in Monroe County. The hit and run happened after four yesterday morning on Paradise Trail in Stroud Township by a suspected drunk driver. Police say the vehicle was traveling south when it left the roadway, went through a road sign, hit a rock, drove through the Analomink United Methodist Church's vestibule, then a fence and continued on. Police caught up to the alleged driver, 47-year-old Minh Van Pham of York, PA about four miles away in the Weiss parking lot in Eagle Valley. Officers say they spotted his silver Mercedes with severe damage, including pieces of white wood sticking out of the sunroof. Pham was arrested for suspicion of DUI and multiple other traffic offenses. He told police he was involved in an accident and hit a house.
Service had to be cancelled at the church Sunday morning for the around 60 members. Unfortunately, neighbors say the incident isn't shocking- this is the third time the church has been hit and that the corner of Paradise Trail and Cherry Lane Road is known to be dangerous due to people speeding.
But the highly traveled road has many people noticing the damage and asking how they can help. One approached us today from ACR Property Logistics offering to volunteer a skid-steer for the cleanup and lend a hand with the landscaping. The outpouring of community support is making members of Analomink United Methodist Church feel thankful. If you'd like to help, just call the church or you can send donations to P.O. BOX 461 Analomink PA 18320.