Blotter: Public Drunkenness, DUI Arrests

The following information has been provided by the Newtown Township Police Department. Any arrests or charges mentioned do not indicate guilt or conviction.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–On Oct. 24 at approximately 2:50 p.m., Newtown police responded to Barren Road and West Chester Pike/Rt. 3 for a report of an intoxicated man walking around the streets causing traffic problems. Upon arrival, police observed the man stumbling on Rt. 3 in the right-travel lane at Barren Road. As police made a U-turn on Media Line Road towards the man, police observed the man stumble back onto the curb line and grasp for the road sign pole. As the man grasped for the pole, he missed the pole and fell to the ground, according to the report. Police made contact with the man and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man as well as glassy/bloodshot eyes and spoke with slurred speech. When police asked if he had been drinking, the man responded he had and had drank whiskey. Police administered a breathalyzer test on the man in which a 0.27 percent BAC was recorded. Two women approached police during this time and told police that the man had approached them while they were walking on Barren Road towards Rt. 3. According to the report, the man had told the two women how pretty they were and attempted to follow the women. The two women told police that the man could not keep up with them and started walking back on Barren Road towards Rt. 3, according to the report. The man was cited for public intoxication.

Reckless, Drunk Driving in Garage Parking Lot

On Oct. 20 at approximately 9:25 p.m., police responded to the SAP parking lot for a report of an intoxicated driving through the multi-level parking garage. According to the report, a security officer was able to stop the driver in the parking garage after the driver pulled over and threw his keys into the rear of the vehicle. Upon arrival, police requested the driver walk towards the police vehicle in which police noted the man had great difficulty walking, according to the report. A breathalyzer test was administered in which a 0.24 percent BAC was recorded. According to the report, the man attempted to try and find his ID through the money section of the wallet even though the ID was clearly visible in the front of the wallet. When police pointed to the ID, the man became agitated and appeared to attempt to go into a fighting stance, said police in the report. The 42-year-old man from Drexel Hill was arrested and charged for DUI, Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked, Limitation on Number of Licenses, and Careless Driving. Previous records revealed the man was convicted on three prior DUI charges.

Woman Parties Hard at Homecoming Party, Gets Arrested for DUI

On Oct. 21 at approximately 3:18 a.m., police observed a Lincoln Navigator traveling at a high rate of speeding going eastbound on West Chester Pike/Rt. 3 by Clyde Lane. Police detected the vehicle traveling at approximately 79mph in a 40mph speed zone. Police were able to stop the vehicle soon after. While speaking to the driver, police detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver. The driver, identified as a 33-year-old woman from Philadelphia, told police she had been drinking at the West Chester University homecoming party. A breathalyzer test was administered in which a 0.196 percent BAC was recorded. The woman failed two field sobriety tests, according to the report. According to the report, the woman had a prior DUI arrest in 2005. Upon further investigation, police discovered a small amount of marijuana on the woman. The woman was arrested and charged for DUI, Prohibited Acts or Penalties, Maximum Speed Limits, Operation Following Suspension of Registration, and Careless Driving.


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