When you spot a patrol car, you might reach to make sure your seat belt is on. But what would happen if you weren't wearing one? Could you get a ticket?
Life in the political arena leaves one open to all manner of criticisms. It is not uncommon for one to find himself standing accused of bending the rules or cutting deals for the sake of gaining favors. However, most will not find themselves on trial for allegations of assault like one former congressional aide from Pennsylvania.
The aide, who had served in different capacities for more than one congressperson, had a career that lasted 20 years. However, in 2012, a man came forward and made allegations of improper sexual contact by the 56-year-old aide. The incident purportedly took place when the accuser stayed overnight at the man's home after a gathering. The supposed victim claimed that he was inappropriately touched while he was in a bed in a lower level of the aide's home.
An off-duty firefighter in Bethlehem is facing charges that may end his career. The Pennsylvania rescue worker stands charged with drunk driving as well as fleeing police and weapons possession. His arrest came on the heels of reports from concerned family that the man was mentally unwell and could pose a danger to himself.
The report notes that around 10:30 p.m. police were forwarded texts sent by the 44-year-old firefighter which, officers say, included specific references to suicide as well as photos of an open bottle of liquor and a semi-automatic handgun. When police approached the man, who was found in his vehicle in a parking lot, he apparently fled the scene, prompting police to chase him for some seven miles. Police say he was operating his vehicle with reckless abandon and without concern for the well-being of others on the road.
The long-time mayor of Upland Borough is facing serious criminal charges, according to local sources. Mayor Michael Ciach of the Pennsylvania borough has been charged with drunk driving in connection with an accident the morning of Nov. 18. He also faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident. No court date has been set as of this report.
According to the accident report, the mayor was driving in the early morning when he apparently rear-ended another vehicle. He then struck two other cars before fleeing on foot. It is unclear whether anyone was in any of the other vehicles at the time of the crashes.
A woman was arrested after allegedly trying to shoot up heroin in a Target bathroom and injuring a police officer, according to local sources. Pennsylvania authorities have charged the 25-year-old woman with felony aggravated assault along with several other charges. So far, no court date has been listed.
According to the unusual report, the woman was perceived to be under the influence of a substance when she entered a Target on the afternoon of Oct. 29. According to security staff, she took a bag of candy into a women's restroom and was subsequently followed by staff, who called police. When police officers arrived on the scene, they say the woman was allegedly shooting heroin in the stall.
A 26-year-old man is facing serious charges after apparently leading police on a devastating chase through Lower Makefield on the afternoon of Oct. 11. Pennsylvania police managed to apprehend the man after he collided with another vehicle, ending the chase. He now stands charged with DUI, receiving stolen property and reckless endangerment.
The police report states the man allegedly stole a truck before causing two accidents, one involving a school bus carrying children. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported at either crash site. The man then led police on a chase all the way through Lower Makefield, avoiding police by driving onto lawns and eventually entering Interstate 95 going north.
A former football player has been charged with a serious crime, according to local news sources. Jon Witman, a 44-year-old former fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is facing a DUI charge for a Feb. 4 accident. While no one was injured in the crash, Pennsylvania authorities claim he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.
The man was expected to stand trial on Oct. 6 for his role in the single-car crash. According to the accident report, the man was driving in Wrightsville when he apparently lost control of his vehicle. The car smashed into a guard rail, where it apparently became stuck.
A language arts teacher in Drums has been arrested following an accident police believe was caused by drunk driving. The woman has been accused by Pennsylvania police of DUI after an accident involving a motorcyclist. So far, it is unclear whether the woman has retained counsel, but her court date should be upcoming.
The accident report says the 54-year-old woman somehow collided with a motorcycle on State Route 309. The motorcyclist, who was not identified in the report, apparently suffered hip and back injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. There has been no word on how severe the injuries were.
A woman who was rescued from a fiery accident by bystanders is now facing serious charges, according to police sources. The Pennsylvania woman is being charged with drunk driving after she allegedly drove her vehicle into a parked car. She is currently still in the hospital recovering from injuries she sustained in the crash.
The accident report claims the 29-year-old woman was traveling on Route 22 around 2:00 a.m. the morning of Sept. 8 when the accident occurred. The woman reportedly lost control of her vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed. She struck an abandoned vehicle, causing both vehicles to flip under an overpass.
A Pittsburgh man is dead and police suspect foul play, authorities have reported. Pennsylvania police have arrested another man in connection with the alleged murder and are currently investigating the presumed crime further. So far, it does not appear the accused man has retained criminal defense counsel.
The report released to press outlets says the 22-year-old man allegedly met with the 21-year-old male victim on the evening of Aug. 22 for what police believe was going to be a prescription drug deal. However, police think the older man drew a weapon and forced the younger man to drive to an ATM to withdraw an unspecified amount of cash. The duo then drove into a wooded area nearby where the murder allegedly took place.