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Pennsylvania man charged with drunk driving

A man in Earl Township is facing serious charges following an accident that killed two people, according to local and state police. Pennsylvania authorities responded to the car accident and have charged the 30-year-old man with vehicular homicide while drunk driving, as well as several other charges. No court date has been announced at this time. The man was arraigned in a local court, but he was unable to pay the $750,000 bail fee and so remains in custody. 

According to the arrest report, witnesses observed a van allegedly driven by the accused man moving erratically on a roadway around 1:50 a.m. on Sept. 10. The man's van veered right, across a fog line on Route 222, where a tow truck had stopped to render aid to a disabled vehicle. The driver of the tow truck, a 44-year-old man, was out of his vehicle assisting the driver of the disabled car, who was also on the roadside. The van reportedly struck both men after the driver failed to observe the emergency lights on the tow truck. 

Pennsylvania police chief faces drunk driving charges

A police chief in Camp Hill has been arrested by his own force following an accident officers believe may have been the result of intoxication. The Pennsylvania chief has been charged with drunk driving after an incident on Nov. 5. It is unclear whether he is still in custody, but it has been confirmed that he has been placed on leave during the investigation. 

According to the police report, the officer allegedly crashed his vehicle into a tree and a mailbox sometime on Nov. 5. Officers on-site say they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the man's breath when they arrived on the scene. It is unclear what kind of roadside tests were conducted, but police say the man's blood alcohol level was registered at twice the legal limit of .08 percent. 

Don't underestimate the consequences of shoplifting

While you and your friends may not think of shoplifting as a serious issue, merchants and storeowners in Pennsylvania and across the country lose millions of dollars a year in stolen or intentionally damaged merchandise. Additionally, businesses spend a great deal of their potential profits on theft prevention devices, surveillance cameras and security guards to protect their products. You may also have seen signs in retail establishments warning would-be shoplifters that they prosecute such actions to the fullest extent possible.

Business owners and managers often instruct their employees to notice the signs that someone is attempting to steal merchandise. However, in many cases, those employees receive no real training. Because of this, you may find yourself sitting in a retail manager's office facing accusations of retail theft.

Pennsylvania woman charged with drunk driving

A woman police believe to be responsible for a two-vehicle crash in Peters Township has been arrested. Pennsylvania authorities apprehended the woman following the accident that left two people seriously injured. She has been charged with drunk driving and is awaiting a trial date, which has not been publicly announced at this time. 

According to the police record, the woman was traveling through Peters Township around 7:04 p.m. the night of Nov. 17 when the accident occurred. The woman attempted to navigate a left-hand turn, causing her vehicle to collide with another car driven by a 26-year-old man. The force of the impact caused serious harm to the other driver, as well as to a 16-year-old passenger in the woman's vehicle. The woman herself sustained minor injuries. 

Pennsylvania man faces drunk driving charges

A man in Rural Valley faces serious charges following a traffic stop earlier this month, according to local sources. Pennsylvania police said the man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. So far, no court date has been announced in this case. 

According to the police report, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper was on patrol in the early morning of Nov. 11 when he encountered a vehicle driven by an individual he apparently had reason to believe may have been intoxicated. It is not clear what caused the officer to initiate the traffic stop, but he pulled the vehicle over in Rayburn Township. For reasons that have not yet been explained, the officer determined the man was allegedly intoxicated. 

Pennsylvania man faces drunk driving charges

A man police say showed up a day early to vote in an intoxicated state has been taken into custody. The 34-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested and now faces drunk driving charges. It is unclear whether he is still in police custody, or whether he was released on bail. 

The report on this bizarre case is incomplete at this time, but the authorities say that the 34-year-old man drove himself to an elementary school in Harrisburg on Nov. 6. It is unclear how police got involved with this situation, but officers on the scene believed the man to be intoxicated. He was subsequently arrested. 

When a traffic stop leads to allegations of impaired driving

Being involved in a traffic stop can be an exceedingly stressful process, and the situation may only become more challenging should additional accusations follow. If an officer accuses you of driving under the influence of alcohol, chances are, you might be uncertain how best to approach the situation.

A conviction for DUI carries severe penalties that could have a substantial impact on your future. You may wish to protect yourself against any undesirable consequences by challenging the charges, and gaining an understanding of your rights during a traffic stop might prove crucial to the process.

When a traffic violation involves more than just a monetary fine

If you receive a citation for a serious traffic offense, such as excessive speeding, you might be wondering about the impact it could have on your future. Such an offense could have severe consequences, potentially including the suspension of your license, which can affect your life in numerous ways.

Like many others, you may rely on your driving privileges to make it to work or other important destinations. You might wish to challenge the ticket in court and protect this area of life, but with little to no experience in this area, the process can be complex.

Pennsylvania man faces drug charges

A man accused of fleeing the scene of a wreck that destroyed his truck has been charged, according to local police. Pennsylvania authorities arrested the man early in the morning of Nov. 5 after his truck caught fire and burned following the crash. Police have charged him with drug charges pertaining to driving under the influence, as well as several other infractions. So far, no court date has been announced.

The police report confirms that around 5:45 a.m., firefighters were alerted to a vehicle on fire in an intersection. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found the truck totally destroyed with no sign of its driver. Around the same time, a local resident called police to report a man who asked to use his telephone. The resident said the man appeared to be under the influence of a substance; the man subsequently fell asleep on the resident's porch.

Pennsylvania school director faces drunk driving charges

A member of the Belle Vernon Area School Board is facing potentially career-ending charges following a police stop on Oct. 21. The 78-year-old Pennsylvania man faces drunk driving charges stemming from his arrest on the night in question. As of this report, it is unclear whether he has retained defense representation.

The police report states the man was pulled over after police received a witness complaint alleging he was drunk behind the wheel of his vehicle around 6:00 p.m. Police pulled the man over and administered a roadside sobriety test, which the man reportedly failed. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be subjected to a blood test.