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DUI Arrest Following Two-Vehicle Crash on St. Albans

The Newtown Square man had a recorded 0.156 percent BAC level.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–On Jan. 31 at approximately 4:40 p.m., Newtown police responded to the unit block of Saint Albans Avenue for a two-vehicle crash with no injuries reported.

Upon arrival, police observed a Cadillac parked directly behind a gray pick-up, both occupied by only one person in each vehicle. Police approached the driver of the Cadillac and the driver opened his door to which police immediately detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, according to the report.

According to the report, police observed 24 unopened cans of beer sitting on the passenger floor of the vehicle. When police asked for identification, the man had trouble producing the documents even though they were clearly visible in his wallet, according to the report. The man was identified as a 59-year-old from Newtown Square.

When police asked the man if he had drank any alcoholic beverages, the man told police that he had two beers at around 2 p.m. When police asked how the crash occurred, the man told police that he had been following the truck when the truck began to make a right turn.

The man told police he believed the truck’s turn signal was on to indicate a turn further north but when the turn had already started, the man couldn’t avoid striking the truck, according to the report.

The man was requested to exit his car and perform several field sobriety tests. The man completed only two of the four when he stated, “I guess I’m over,” according to the report. The man failed to participate in any further tests except the portable breathalyzer test which produced a 0.156 percent BAC level.

The man was arrested and charged with DUI, careless driving and following too closely to a vehicle. 

Note: The above report was provided by the Newtown Township Police Department. Any arrests or charges mentioned do not indicate guilt or conviction.

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