Man charged with drunk driving in Pennsylvania

A man has apparently been charged twice in the span of four hours for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, according to local sources. Pennsylvania police arrested the man, not once but twice in the same evening. In both cases, he was booked for drunk driving, but no trial date has yet been agreed upon or publicly announced.

According to police records, the 46-year-old man was pulled over around 8 p.m. on July 11 for reasons that were not articulated in the report. Police say the man's blood alcohol level was two and a half times the legal limit, though no mention is made of how they know this for sure. It was assumed the man would be booked into jail, but he was released into his sister's custody some time later.

Apparently the man was able to convince his sister he was fit to drive at that time, so he drove his own vehicle away. Police brought him in a second time around midnight the same night, for reasons that were not clearly explained. Apparently police found a small bag of what is believed to be marijuana in his vehicle, but no mention was made of a warrant for a vehicle search.

Too few details are clear in this case, meaning extrapolating a possible outcome is nearly impossible. Pennsylvania authorities will carry the burden of proof to show a court the man was indeed intoxicated on at least one of the two incidences when he was arrested for drunk driving. If they are unable to provide compelling evidence of the man's allegedly inebriated state, the drunk driving charge may not stand up in a court of law.

Source: lancasteronline.com, "Pennsylvania man charged with driving drunk twice in 4 hours", July 14, 2015

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