A man stopped by police is facing possible charges of a serious nature, according to local news sources. Pennsylvania police have charged the 31-year-old Coopersburg man with drunk driving after a routine traffic stop allegedly turned up substances in his car, prompting a further investigation. So far, they have not announced a formal court date.
There is almost no information available about the traffic stop that resulted in the man's arrest, as of this report. The man was apparently stopped at 2:27 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 16, though police neglect to mention why in their report. Police say the man was found with a small amount of what is believed to have been marijuana on his person, though they do not elaborate on why or how a search was authorized or conducted.
Police went on to say the man was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol. However, no record of a roadside sobriety test or blood test exists to corroborate these findings. In fact, no mention of any reasoning has been included in the report, which might lead a defense attorney to question why the man was stopped to begin with.
Pennsylvania prosecutors will be required by law to prove their drunk driving allegations with hard evidence. This means a Breathalyzer test, a blood test or even roadside sobriety tests must be presented in court. In the absence of any such evidence, the defense could rightfully call into question how officers made the determination that the man was allegedly drunk at the time of his arrest.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Coopersburg man charged with DUI following stop", Pamela Sroka-Holzmann, Aug. 16, 2015