When it comes to criminal defense, it is important for defendants to exercise their rights. One important right is that of a fair trial. When having a fair trial becomes a challenge, criminal defendants are able to petition to have their case transferred to a location where they will be better able to have a fair trial.
A Pennsylvania teenager was taken into custody after police say he was under the influence of a controlled substance while driving. The DUI charge followed a hit and run incident that involved property damage. The type and extent of the alleged property damage was not revealed in the police report about the incident.
A woman was taken into custody on allegations that she had been driving under the influence when she struck an unidentified fixed object. The accident occurred in the 2500 block of South Market Street in Bowmansdale on July 31 at approximately 9 a.m., according to police. The driver stated that she had been driving north on South Market Street when she crossed the road and hit the object.
A Pennsylvania man from Delaware County reportedly crashed into a utility pole in Springfield Township and failed to stop after the accident, according to police reports. He is currently facing DUI charges. A patrolman arrived on the scene of the accident and found the driver's vehicle on another street from where the accident occurred, according to reports. Having sustained major damages on the front end, the vehicle was found idling as the driver slept, police stated.
Pennsylvania troopers released information recently regarding a March 13 accident that involved an 81-year-old man who was allegedly so intoxicated that he rammed into a vehicle head-on despite the other driver veering onto a berm in an attempt to stop the accident. No information was available regarding a lawyer for the man accused of DUI, who is from Indiana, Pennsylvania, a town northeast of Pittsburgh. The victim, a 52-year-old man from Homer City, was hurt in the wreck, but no additional details are available on his medical condition. No further information is known regarding any possible charges the driver may face.
After a 26-year-old man was stopped by law enforcement personnel for expired registration, he was taken into custody for impaired driving. On Jan. 29, a police officer saw the Bristol man driving a car with expired tags. After the officer stopped the individual, he suspected that the man was driving under the influence. The trooper administered field sobriety tests, which the man allegedly failed. He now faces DUI charges.
A man who allegedly drove his vehicle into a street sign in his town was arrested for DUI on five counts as well as a careless driving charge. Authorities stopped him during the early morning hours after the accident. The man did not immediately respond to police indications to stop his vehicle. However, once the suspect pulled over, the officer observed him exhibit signs of possible intoxication. The man failed three field sobriety tests and admitted to consuming four beers.
During a week in mid-September, state troopers arrested five men for drunk driving. All of the arrests occurred in the evening or early morning hours. An arrest does not always mean the person will be convicted of DUI, but each of the men now faces DUI charges. The maximum allowable blood alcohol content for drinking and driving is 0.08 percent in Pennsylvania. All five subjects were found to be intoxicated during the traffic stops, according to state troopers.
A 25-year-old Whitpain Township man was arraigned earlier this month on charges of felony theft by unlawful taking, DUI, resisting arrest, careless driving and damage to property. He was held at the Montgomery County Prison until his $5,000 cash bail was posted.
It was a regular Tuesday night for a Pennsylvania state trooper until he knocked on the door of a 40-year-old Altoona woman. He was following up on a report of a driver swerving erratically on Interstate 99. The call came from a motorist who followed the woman's car home and informed the authorities.