NEWTOWN SQUARE–On Dec. 13 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Newtown police responded to the area of West Chester Pike/Rt. 3 and Media Line Road for a report of a reckless driver heading westbound on Rt. 3.
According to the report, police observed the described vehicle traveling westbound on Rt. 3 with the reporting party following behind the vehicle by the 3600 block of Rt. 3. Police observed the vehicle going at a high rate of speed and making a quick right turn onto the Winding Way bypass, according to the report. Police then activated their emergency vehicle lights.
According to the report, the vehicle then made a right turn onto Clyde Lane and then a left turn into the alleyway of the Newtown Square Fire Co. firehouse, failing to yield to police. The vehicle then made a quick right turn and parked up against a building adjacent to the firehouse located on 8 North Newtown Street Road.
The driver, identified as a 29-year-old man from Downingtown, had exited the vehicle and was patted down by police for any weapons, according to the report, in which none were found. The man then admitted to police he had panicked and “ran” from police because his license is currently suspended, according to the report.
When police asked the man if he had any weapons or drugs in the vehicle, according to the report, the man told police a needle was in the vehicle but no weapons. Another officer was able to locate a needle in plain view on the driver’s seat of the vehicle. According to the report, the man then admitted to police that he had been driving and using heroin prior to being stopped by police.
According to the report, the man told police he threw the empty bags of heroin out the window somewhere in the area of Rt. 3 and Clover Lane near the McDonald’s in Newtown Township. Upon further investigation of the vehicle, police were able to locate four empty, blue bags of suspected heroin labeled “hell raiser” in a Croc shoe on the passenger side rear floorboard, according to the report.
Police spoke with the witness and caller of the incident who informed police he observed the man driving in a careless manner, swerving and waving his arms while driving. According to the report, the witness told police the man's behavior was “so strange” and assumed he had a child in the car with him and was trying to act funny to make the child laugh.
The witness also told police he observed the man throw something out the window around Rt. 3 and Valley View Lane. The man was arrested and charged with the following: DUI, careless driving, driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked, driver’s required to be licensed, prohibited acts or penalties (possession), and prohibited acts or penalties (paraphernalia).