Pennsylvania man stands accused of drunk driving

A Greencastle man is facing serious charges following his arrest on March 1, according to local sources. Pennsylvania authorities detained the man on suspicion of drunk driving, state police statements have said. So far, he has not faced these charges in court, and no specific court date has been released.

The details of the incident are sparse in the report, but it has been confirmed that the man was found in a vehicle stopped in the middle of a roadway sometime before 6 a.m. on the day in question. The man appeared to be passed out, according to police on the scene. However, no mention of a roadside sobriety test was made in the official report. 

The man was apparently taken to a local hospital before being arrested on suspicion of DUI. It is unclear why police believed him to be drunk at the time of his arrest, though the positioning of his vehicle may have played a role in the decision. It is unknown if he remains in police custody or if he is free on bail ahead of any potential court dates. 

Pennsylvania authorities will have to provide compelling evidence that the man was indeed guilty of drunk driving at the time of his arrest. Given the fact the man was not currently driving when he was found by officers, it may be difficult to prove. In addition, if police did not administer a roadside sobriety test, or if they did so in opposition to the man's legal rights, any evidence may be subjected to scrutiny or denied admissibility. 

Source: heraldmailmedia.com, "Greencastle man charged with drunken driving", Mar. 4, 2015

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