Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable? About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Internationally, only a handful of countries, including Canada, the United States and England, have a BAC limit of .08 while most of the …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
This week's stories include a man who allegedly threw his weed at cops during a traffic stop and a Whitemarsh man who quickly went from a victim to arrestee.
Driver Throws Weed At Cops: According to a report in the Abington Patch, a 44-year-old man is facing drug charges after he allegedly threw a bag of marijuana at an officer during a traffic stop. When police asked the man what he did, he responded, "[Expletive], I can't believe I just threw weed at cops." The man also allegedly confessed to having "a little rock down [his] pants." Read the full story here. If You Can't Beat'em, Join'em: According to a report in the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch, a 19-year old man was hospitalized after his 61-year-old father assaulted him in their home. Police arrested the father a short time later. Roughly 12 hours later, after being released from the hospital, the 19-year-old son returned home and proceeded …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
This week's stories include a fugitive who was arrested after taunting police on a Patch Facebook page, an accused car thief who can't stay out of trouble, and proof that even the elderly can break the law.
Pride Comes Before the Fall: According to a report in the Lansdale Patch, a 21-year-old fugitive accused of felony drug charges was arrested only days after he taunted police on the Lansdale Patch Facebook page. In his comment, the fugitive stated “im not turnin my self .... run run as fast as u can u cant catch me im da ginger bread man ...... sincierly da gingerbread man.” He was apprehended a few days later, along with his incredible neckbeard. Read the full story here. At Least He Learned to Stay Away from Popeye's: According to a report in the Pottstown Patch, a teen who was arrested in January – after police allegedly tied his Popeye's Chicken receipt to a car theft – is facing new charges after he allegedly stole another car in …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
This week's stories include a large man who withstood multiple rounds of a Taser before being placed under arrest, a allegedly drunk delivery guy who got lost in someone's yard, and an allegedly drunken man who called the cops for a ride.
The Bigger They Are, The Harder they Are To Taser: According to a report in the Pottstown Patch, a 62-year-old man is facing charges of DUI, resisting arrest, and related offenses, in connection with a traffic stop on Feb. 2. After the 6-foot-6, 245 pound man allegedly became uncooperative during the stop, police attempted to subdue him with pepper spray, but the effects were "negligible." The man then allegedly doused an officer with an open jar of whiskey, at which point police tased the man twice, with no effect. The man was tased a third time, which finally broke his grip on the steering wheel and allowed police to force the man out of his car and onto the ground. Read the full story here. Drunken Philadelphia Pizza Guy Gets Lost, …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
This week's stories include a woman who was fined $200 for cussing out a crossing guard, and a convicted robber who decided to thank his victims.
Man Charged with DUI After Allegedly Passing Out at McDonald's Drive-Thru: According to a report in the Limerick Patch, a 27-year-old man has been charged with four counts of DUI after he allegedly passed out in his vehicle while at the McDonald's drive-thru. Court documents state that upon arrival by police, the driver smelled like alcohol, had glassy eyes and seemed lethargic. He was later taken to a local hospital to have blood drawn for testing. Read the full story here. Convicted Robber Thanks Victims for Cooperation: According to a report in the Ambler Patch, a 22-year-old man will serve the next six to 20 years in prison after stealing $20,000 of narcotics from the Whitpain CVS. Upon receiving his sentence, the man thanked his …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
This week's stories include an intoxicated man who allegedly stole a designated driver van, a "crazy naked guy running through the streets" of Norristown, and an act of littering that lead to drug charges.
Drunk Man Charged with Stealing Drunk Bus: According to a report in the Lower Providence Patch, a 38-year-old Lower Providence Township man is facing felony theft, DUI, and multiple other charges after he allegedly stole a van used for designated driver services while under the influence of alcohol. The report states that the vehicle was recovered a short time later, and the suspect was placed in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to post $50,000 bail. Read the full story here. Give a Hoot! Don't Pollute (especially when there are drugs in the car): According to a report in the Ambler Patch, a 21-year-old man is facing multiple drug charges after a vehicle, in which he was a passenger, was stopped by police for …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This week's stories include a parking lot romance between two men leading to weapons charges, a man heading to prison for his PCP-fueled would-be crime spree and a sneaky elderly woman being charged with DUI.
Parking Lot Romance Leads to Weapons Charge: According to a report in the Lansdale Patch, a Quakertown man is facing weapons charges after an incident in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Towamencin. The report states that police were initially investigating a suspicious occupied vehicle in the rear parking lot, when they discovered two men allegedly engaged in a sexual activity. Later, a search of the vehicle uncovered a concealed weapon in the console. Read the full story here. Man Loses Gun During PCP-Fueled Crime Spree: According to a report in the Norristown Patch, a 21-year-old Philadelphia man testified that he was high on PCP the night he made several violent, but unsuccessful, robbery attempts in West Norriton and Norristown …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Four crashes were reportedly also alcohol related.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, January 2
Twelve people were arrested for impaired driving by Troop K of the Pennsylvania State Police over the New Year's Day holiday period, the agency said Wednesday. The Skippack-based troop said the 12 DUI arrests were made during "extra enforcement efforts" intended to "ensure citizens could travel safely along the Commonwealth's highways" during the holiday's increased traffic. Troop K covers highways in Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties, in addition to providing local law enforcement for municipalities without their own police departments. In addition to the arrests, the state police issued 469 citations and handled 45 crashes during the two-day holiday enforcement period. Four of the crashes were alcohol related, police said.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
No jack? Call the police.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia … Kenneth Crizden Shea, 25, of Tennis Avenue, Glenside, was arrested Nov. 2 at 8:31 a.m. for stealing $21 worth of merchandise from Rite Aid in the 1300 block of Easton Road, police said. According to police, Shea was on probation and had a metal pipe in his possession. Shea has one prior conviction for retail theft. DUI … Marvin Gus Jennings, 47, of Lindley Avenue, Philadelphia, was arrested Oct. 21 at 2:05 a.m. near the corner of Jenkintown and Edge Hill Road following a traffic stop for driving with a malfunctioning brake light, police said. According to police, Jennings smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and failed a field sobriety test. His blood alcohol content was 0.…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Roving patrols to be used throughout Montgomery County.
Local authorities and the Montgomery County Health Department joined forces Friday morning outside of a Plymouth Meeting Target, in order to raise awareness of upcoming DUI enforcement over the Labor Day weekend. Members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Plymouth Police Department, and the Valley Forge DUI Enforcement Team gathered outside of the store's pharmacy, chosen because of the initiative's emphasis on driving under the influence of prescription drug use. "We're out here trying to remind people that DUI is not only driving under the influence of alcohol, but can also be under the influence of any type of drug," said Danea Durham, Community Service Officer for the PSP's Troop K in Philadelphia. "If you're taking prescription drugs, …