Traffic stop in Pennsylvania leads to drunk driving arrest

A man has been accused of being intoxicated while at the wheel of his vehicle, according to law enforcement sources. Pennsylvania police arrested the 22-year-old man in East Pikeland Township following a traffic stop. The man faces drunk driving charges which, if proven in a court of law, could result in hefty fines, license suspension and even jail time. 

The man was pulled over at approximately 3:15 a.m. the morning of Jan. 18. Police say he was spotted on Route 23 and was pulled over because his tail lights were out. Once officers approached the vehicle, they apparently had reason to believe the man might have been intoxicated. They said they administered roadside sobriety tests, though they were unclear as to exactly which tests were administered. 

The man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He was later released pending an upcoming hearing, though it is not known if he was required to pay bail. The next court date was not reported. 

Not enough information is currently available to speculate as to how this trial will proceed. Pennsylvania police are required by law to follow due process in arrest situations, including as they pertain to drunk driving charges, as roadside sobriety tests are not always reliable evidence of intoxication. The defense will likely peruse the records of the arrest process to determine whether due process was followed and that the rights of the driver were respected throughout the arrest and processing. If these processes were not followed correctly, associated evidence could be ruled inadmissible at trial. Opportunities may also exist to resolve these charges on terms favorable to the accused man.

Source: patch.com, "Phoenixville Man Facing DUI Charges After Traffic Stop", Alison Smith, Jan. 21, 2015

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