A 19-year-old man is facing serious charges after police have accused him of stealing alcohol and driving under the influence, according to local sources. Pennsylvania police have arrested the man and charged him with drunk driving as well as several other charges, including retail theft. So far, it does not appear the man has retained legal counsel.
According to the police report, they were called to a supermarket in Hanover Township to respond to an alleged theft charge. When they arrived, they saw the man suspected to have stolen some $300 worth of alcohol from the store apparently fleeing in his vehicle. The driver apparently then ran a red light attempting to escape police before ending up on the lawn of a local business.
The man apparently tried to flee on foot, but was caught shortly thereafter by police officers. He now stands charged with drunk driving, retail theft and several other charges associated with his alleged actions. As of this report, no trial date has been set, and it is unclear whether the man is in police custody.
Notably absent from the report was any mention of Pennsylvania police conducting roadside sobriety tests on the man to determine whether or not he was actually guilty of drunk driving. If such tests were not performed, or were performed in a manner inconsistent with the man's rights, the results of those tests could be rendered inadmissible in a court of law. The rule of law is foremost to uphold the rights of American citizens, with the gathering of evidence taking a back seat to that more noble goal.
Source: lancasteronline.com, "Police chase man, 19, charge him with stealing booze, DUI", Aug. 10, 2015