Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Zionsville man was found with an ounce of marijuana, Macungie officers report. Blood test results confirm he was under the influence.
An Upper Milford Township man recently was charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana, according to Macungie police. Kevin Michael Beers, 20, of 5084 W. Wendi Drive, Zionsville, was stopped at 1:40 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 900 block of Willow Lane for an unspecified traffic violation, police said. The officer smelled a strong odor of suspected marijuana, police said, and appeared to be impaired. About an ounce of marijuana was confiscated. Beers was taken to the Lehigh County D.U.I. Center, where blood was drawn for testing. Police said the results showed that marijuana was present in his system. Charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Donna Butler of Emmaus, police said.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Contact with driver who had lost a tire brings charge of drunken driving, troopers report.
The New Year's holiday no doubt had police out in force looking to pull drunken drivers off the roadways to avoid hurting others and themselves. Television commercials told us as much. Police are taught the signs to watch: drivers weaving in and out of their lanes, perhaps driving too slow to be extra-careful or having slow and unsteady braking because they are impaired. But a state trooper from the Fogelsville barracks added another suspicious act to the list of those worth checking when he made a traffic stop at 5:31 a.m. Jan. 1 in Upper Milford Township. Trooper Matthew Lowe came across a 19-year-old man who was missing one of his driver's side tires, according to his police report. Michael Mark Conrad of Emmaus was stopped at Vera Cruz…
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Overall, 86 of the 1,124 total crashes during the official holiday driving period -- Nov. 21 through Nov. 25 -- were alcohol-related.
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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Thirteen people were killed in crashes investigated by state troopers during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan announced this week. In addition to the 13 fatalities, 349 people were injured in 1,124 crashes troopers responded to during the official holiday driving period, Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25. Five of the people killed were not wearing seat belts and two of the 13 fatal crashes were alcohol-related. Overall, 86 of the 1,124 total crashes were alcohol-related. "Drivers must insist that all passengers wear a seat belt. They work best when everyone is buckled and children are properly restrained in the back seat,’’ Noonan said in a press release. State law requires …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Berks driver is arrested for drug, DUI charges after police are called to nearby intersection to check on a disabled vehicle, troopers say.
State police recently responded to a report to assist a disabled motorist in Lower Macungie Township. Although there was no mechanical problem with the car, perhaps nothing could have been closer to the truth when they say that they instead found a driver injecting heroin. State police at Fogelsville said they found the vehicle at Lower Macungie Road and Cedar Crest Boulevard at 1:50 p.m. Oct. 27. Inside they found Rachel Lynn Ward, 29, of Barto, Berks County, and observed her injecting the drug. Police said they arrested her. She consented to a search of her vehicle, which yielded drug paraphernalia. Charges of driving under the influence and drug possession were filed with the office of District Judge Michael Faulkner of Upper Macungie …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Car lost control, hit utility pole before landing on its roof, police say.
An Allentown-area man avoided serious injury early Aug. 9 despite his car striking a utility pole and overturning in Lower Macungie Township just outside of Emmaus, according to police. Ron O'Neill, 20, was treated for minor injuries at an area hospital, according to state police at Fogelsville. O'Neill at 2:33 a.m. was heading north on Macungie Avenue and turning onto Orchid Place when his Hyundai Elantra lost control on a curve, police said. The car hit a PPL utility pole and overturned, coming to rest on its roof. O'Neill was transported to a hospital by Emmaus Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries, police said. They also said blood was drawn because they suspected O'Neill of driving under the influence of alcohol. Charges filed …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Initiative also results in other citations and warnings, police say.
State police spearheaded another checkpoint this weekend to look for motor vehicle violations in general and motorists driving under the influence specifically and came away with two DUI arrests, according to a news release. Initiated by Pennsylvania State Police, the most recent effort was announced last week and was held between 11 p.m. June 2 and 3:30 a.m. June 3 at southbound Route 222 at Krocks Road in Lower Macungie Township, police said. The checkpoint produced two arrests for suspected driving under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, three citations for child safety seat violations, four other traffic citations and 26 warning notices for items such as burned out headlights or taillights, police said. State police generally…
Friday, March 23, 2012
Location will be somewhere in Lehigh County, troopers say.
A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted at an undisclosed Lehigh County location during the weekend of March 23-25, according to state police at Fogelsville. The occasional checkpoints are designed to reduce alcohol-related traffic accidents and the number of deaths, injuries and the amount of property damage, police said. Police have said the announcement of some details of checkpoints is designed as a deterrant to those who might be tempted to drive as they approach the state's 0.08 level of intoxication. Not announcing the exact date, time and location, however, prevents those who read the warnings from avoiding the checkpoints if they choose to drink and drive anyway.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Alleged drunken driver hits tree on Main Street and then strikes a parked car in parking lot of magisterial district judge's office.
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- Tad Miller
Thursday, October 27, 2011
In a strange way, an Emmaus man might have thought he was doing his part to aid the criminal justice system. Derek C. Oels, 36, of 837 Chestnut St. was driving under the influence on Monday when he hit a tree in the 100 block of Main Street, according to Emmaus police. But it wasn't just anywhere that his vehicle came to rest. In fact, Oels' vehicle ended up in the parking lot of Magisterial District Judge Donna Butler's office where he also struck a parked car. OK, things could have been worse. He might have struck Butler's vehicle, but that apparently was not the case. Either fate intervened or perhaps Oels thought he was doing his part to expedite the legal process by almost literally landing at Butler's front door. Instead, he wound up…