Man in Pennsylvania suspected of drunk driving

A man police say nearly hit an unmarked police vehicle in the early morning hours of April 14 is set to be charged, according to authorities. Pennsylvania police intend to charge the 22-year-old man with drunk driving following the barely avoided accident involving him and an unmarked car. It is unclear whether the man has retained counsel at this time. 

According to the police report, the driver of an unmarked vehicle saw the man's pickup truck allegedly weaving around 1 a.m. on Route 248. The officer followed the truck, noting several alleged traffic violations along the way, before the truck abruptly changed lanes with no signal. The officer says he was forced to brake hard and swerve to avoid a collision. 

The man was pulled over shortly thereafter, at which time he was given a field sobriety test, which police say he failed. When he was taken to a DUI center for a blood test, police say the test came back with a blood alcohol content of .15 percent. This is nearly double the legal limit in the state of Pennsylvania. 

The man stands charged with drunk driving, as well as several other traffic violations, but Pennsylvania residents know that he will be considered innocent until being proved guilty in a court of law. Blood tests, while helpful to the prosecution, are not considered undeniable proof of intoxication at the time of an accident or a near accident. The prosecution will have to prove the man was actually drunk at the time he was pulled over and not simply at the time the test was taken. 

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Drunken driver nearly hits unmarked cop car, police say", Tony Rhodin, April 26, 2016

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