Local man arraigned on drunk driving and felony theft charges

A 25-year-old Whitpain Township man was arraigned earlier this month on charges of felony theft by unlawful taking, DUI, resisting arrest, careless driving and damage to property. He was held at the Montgomery County Prison until his $5,000 cash bail was posted.

According to police reports, the man drove his vehicle into a tree in front of Stanislaus Elementary School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, at about12:40 a.m. on May 20. Police say the man exited the vehicle and ran on foot. The police record says the man was them taken into custody after ignoring commands to halt. Police say the man also resisted arrest. While the report does not indicate how he was apprehended, one can only assume force was used to arrest him.

Upon getting a closer look, officers say they detected the three things they always use as their articulable suspicion in a drunk driving charge: the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and red, glassy, watery eyes. There was no indication that a breath test or any field sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.

A U.S. Treasury check worth $10,000 was found in the man's pocket. It was not made out to him, but to the person whom he had just been visiting prior to the accident. Police said the man was not given permission to take the check.

According to court records the man was arrested on two other occasions for driving under the influence of alcohol. The story does not indicate whether or not he was found guilty of those charges. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 5.

Source: Lansdale.patch.com, "Blue Bell Man Busted with Alleged Stolen $10,000 Treasure Check," Tony Di Domizio, May 30, 2012

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