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Pennsylvania man faces drunk driving charges

A man in Annville is facing charges following his arrest for suspicion of DUI. Pennsylvania police say the 46-year-old man has been charged with drunk driving and for lacking a driver's license. He has also been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If he is found guilty, he could face jail time. He also may possibly deportation, depending on the nature of ICE's interest in him. 

Very little information was available about the man's arrest, but it has been confirmed that he was pulled over near midnight on the night of March 18. Police did not say why they stopped him, but it appears from the limited report that they believed he was under the influence of alcohol and requested that he submit to a blood alcohol test. The man allegedly refused. 

Pennsylvania woman charged with drunk driving

A tragic accident has led to charges being filed against a local woman, according to police. Pennsylvania authorities believe the woman was intoxicated at the wheel when an accident claimed the life of another woman. The accused now stands charged with multiple charges, including homicide by vehicle and drunk driving. A preliminary hearing will be happening soon. 

According to the accident report, a couple and their young child were coming home from a Christmas celebration the evening of Nov. 17, 2017, when their vehicle was struck by another car. The force of the impact killed the child's mother and sent both the girl and her father to local hospitals for treatment for unspecified injuries. This prompted an investigation into the other driver, though the report does not detail what occurred at the scene. 

Pennsylvania man charged with drunk driving

A man has been accused of driving while drunk on the way to a court appearance for a previous DUI, according to sources. The 66-year-old man was charged with drunk driving back in November, but was apparently arrested by Pennsylvania authorities on his way to face those charges for another drunk driving charge.  He is likely focused on preparing his criminal defense to both DUI charges at this time. 

According to the police report, the man was arrested around noon on Feb. 23 when he was pulled over by police for suspicion of drunk driving. There is no record as to what actually prompted police pulled him over, but apparently a field sobriety test as well as a breath test were administered on-site. The man reportedly failed those tests and was subsequently arrested. 

Have you been charged with assault after a bar fight?

Some people just itch for a fight. They seem to find relief from the stress of work or their personal lives only when inflicting force on someone else. You may be one of those people, or you may prefer to peacefully co-exist with those you meet even when they contradict or antagonize you.

Whichever describes you, the fact is that you are facing assault and battery charges following a fight at a Pennsylvania bar. A conviction for these charges may result in damaging consequences, including fines, jail time and a criminal record for a violent offense. However, with successful representation, you may be able to defend against these charges.

Truck driver charged with drunk driving in Pennsylvania

An accident involving a moving truck has resulted in two arrests, according to Radnor Township police. A driver and passenger were arrested in the Pennsylvania township after their vehicle reportedly struck a bridge. The passenger faces drug charges, and the driver has been charged with drunk driving

Police say the truck, which belongs to the Two Men and a Truck moving company, was traveling southbound when the accident occurred. At around 8:20 a.m. the morning of Feb. 28, the truck struck a nearly 11-foot tall bridge on King of Prussia Road. Thankfully, no one was injured in the crash. 

Pennsylvania men facing drug charges

Bradford County was the site of criminal charges for suspected drug involvement recently, according to local sources. Pennsylvania State Police say that five men are being charged with conspiring to traffic in Crystal Meth, along with delivery and possession charges. If these men are found guilty of the drug charges filed against them, they could face serious jail or prison time. 

Very little is known about the operation that is said to have led to the arrest of these men. However, it has been confirmed that two 29-year-old men, a 34-year-old man and two 42-year-old men have been accused and are being sought. It is unclear at this time how police came to the determination that these men may be involved in drug trafficking. 

Pennsylvania man accused of drunk driving

A driver suspected of DUI will be facing charges stemming from an accident that injured two police officers in Aliquippa. Pennsylvania State Police responded to the crash, which they believe was precipitated by drunk driving. Charges are still pending against the driver, but police have disqualified weather conditions as a possible contributing factor to the crash. 

The accident report states that, around 9:30 p.m. the night of Feb. 8, two police officers were conducting a traffic stop pertaining to an erratic driver. While they were on the side of the road, their squad car was struck by another driver traveling at what appeared to be high speeds. Witnesses say other police and ambulance services responded quickly to the scene.

Police chief accused of drunk driving

A township police chief is under fire for allegedly driving while intoxicated back in January, according to police. The 53-year-old veteran of the force was arrested by his fellow Pennsylvania officers on Jan. 10 after a routine traffic stop. He has reportedly been on paid sick leave since his arrest, and now faces two misdemeanor drunk driving charges. 

According to the report, around 4 p.m. on Jan. 10 the officer was pulled over by New Holland police. They did not make mention of the reason why they pulled him over in the report. However, they say they had sufficient reason to suspect him of being intoxicated, leading them to conduct a breath test at roadside. 

Priest in Pennsylvania faces drug charges

A local archdiocese in Delaware County has confirmed that a priest who has been under investigation since last year has been arrested for alleged drug-related crimes. Pennsylvania police have charged the elderly monsignor with two misdemeanor drug charges as well as a felony theft charge. So far, a court date has not been announced for the veteran spiritual leader. 

According to reports released to the public, the priest took a leave of absence in spring 2017 for what is believed to be health-related problems. Shortly thereafter, in May 2017, employees at the parish opened a package addressed to the parish and attached to the name of the absent priest, believing it to contain illegal drugs. It is not clear why parish staff held this belief. Police secured a search warrant for the parish after staff contacted law enforcement. 

Failing these tests can put a damper on your college career

It's no secret that IUP and other Pennsylvania college campuses often include a party scene. If you're of legal drinking age, there's no reason you can't enjoy a few cold ones with friends (provided they are also of legal drinking age) on a weekend or in your free time. After all, you spend most days in class, studying and trying to keep up with your scholastic schedule as you journey toward a college degree. So long as you obey the law, all should be fine.

There might be some exceptions, however. For instance, what happens if you attend a party and only have a drink or two, then a police officer pulls you over when you're driving back to your apartment or dormitory? There are so many variables in such situations that you might wind up with nothing more than a warning to lower your driving speed. Then again, you could also land behind bars if you submit to field sobriety tests and fail.