Pennsylvania man faces drunk driving charges

A man police say was driving the wrong way on Interstate 78 is facing charges, according to local law enforcement sources. Pennsylvania State Troopers arrested the 44-year-old man shortly after 3 a.m. on Aug. 30 after he was allegedly driving the wrong way on the Interstate. He has been charged with drunk driving, as well as reckless endangerment and several other minor traffic infractions. So far, no court date has been announced. 

The police report states that the man was seen driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-78 and failed to stop for police. Instead, a commercial vehicle that saw the man traveling the wrong way maneuvered to stop the accused man's vehicle. When police approached the vehicle, they say the driver appeared intoxicated. It is unclear whether they conducted any roadside sobriety tests to determine the veracity of their claim. 

The man was arrested and charged before being booked into a local jail to await processing. Police have not elaborated on the specifics of the man's arrest in a public format. No details concerning bail were provided. 

Pennsylvania State Troopers typically follow proscribed procedures to ensure anyone arrested under suspicion of drunk driving is carefully checked to determine whether they are actually intoxicated. This may take the form of a blood test, Breathalyzer test and/or field sobriety test. In the absence of this type of evidence, or if the tests were performed in a way that was contrary to the man's rights, the drunk driving charge could be reduced or thrown out of court altogether. 

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Man accused of driving wrong way on I-78 charged with DUI", Sarah Cassi, Sept. 9, 2015

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