A 28-year-old man is facing charges after being accused of operating a vehicle while drunk, according to local law enforcement. Pennsylvania authorities arrested the man and charged him with DUI just after 9:00 p.m. on July 20. Limited details about the case are currently available, and it has not been clarified if the man remains in police custody at the time of this report.
Police say they were responding to a report of a man who appeared to be unresponsive sitting in his vehicle in McConnellsberg. State police approached the vehicle and believed the man was passed out. It is unclear what steps, if any, they took to rouse the man at this time.
The report goes on to say they confirmed the man was drunk and subsequently arrested him, charging him with DUI. No details were given about the process, if any, the police went through to make that determination, including breathalyzer, blood tests or roadside sobriety tests. It is also unclear whether the man has been booked into a local jail or if he has been released. No court date has been announced yet.
A DUI charge can have major repercussions for an individual, such as losing his or her license, hefty fines and even jail time. This is why Pennsylvania authorities will be called upon in court to prove the man's intoxicated state through compelling evidence brought on by the aforementioned sobriety tests. If no such results can be presented, or if the tests were conducted without respecting the man's rights, the case could be dismissed.
Source: heraldmailmedia.com, "Two Pa. men charged in separate DUI cases", July 21, 2015