Month: August 2015

Five Injured in DUI Crash in Absecon

downloadAbsecon Police officers have arrested a motorist and charged him with drunken driving following a crash after an Atlantic City beach concert. The crash left five people injured.

Authorities have identified Corey Thacker, 27, of Little Egg Harbor Township as having driven his Dodge Caravan while intoxicated, refusing to take a breath test, reckless driving, and disregarding a traffic signal.

Thacker had been driving eastbound on Absecon Boulevard near the Home Depot in his Dodge Caravan when he ran a red light, police said.

Thacker’s vehicle struck Nissan Altima that was attempting to turn onto Absecon Boulevard. The impact sent the Caravan into the westbound lanes of the street and struck a Ford Explorer in a head on collision, causing the Caravan to burst into flames.

No matter whom you are or the circumstances surrounding your alcohol related charge are, having a good defense on your side when facing the charge of DUI or DWI is extremely important.… Read More

More than 2,500 Arrested for DUI in Delaware This Year

download (27)According to officials, there have been more than 2,500 people who have been charged for driving  under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of Delaware so far this year.

In a report by the New Journal, across the state, there were 102 arrests last week of those who were charged with DUI involving alcohol or drugs. One person, according to the Office of Highway Safety, has been charged with a fifth DUI, which raises the charge to a felony.

The highly visible law enforcement group, Checkpoint Strikeforce, regularly conducts saturation patrols that are focused on taking impaired drivers off the road. Officials indicate that next week, these patrols will take place mainly in Newark.

A DUI charge on your record can ruin a reputation. Having multiple charges can close many doors in life. It can cost you your job and your livelihood. That is why having a good defense lawyer on your side is vital.… Read More

DUI Checkpoint Turns into Footchase

downloadPolice have arrested five people after a routine DUI checkpoint that turned into a foot chase.

According to authorities, the incident happened at Mosside Boulevard near Route 48 in Monroeville. Three people attempted to avoid being stopped at the checkpoint by running away once they were stopped. K-9 officers were able to track down the suspects who had fled the scene.

During the checkpoint officers were able to recover numerous guns from one of the vehicle.

None of the five suspects have been charged with DUI.

DUI checkpoints are often used not only to catch those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but also to determine if other violations of the law have occurred. It could be something as minor as expired license tags or for even more serious crimes.

If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI or any other alcohol related offense, that’s the time to call the offices of Steven E.… Read More

More DUI Patrols in Westmoreland County Thanks to Grant

downloadThere will likely be more roving DUI checkpoints in central and southern parts of Westmoreland County beginning in October thanks to a $35,000 PennDOT grant.

The funds will be used to coordinate the DUI checkpoints within nine participating communities and is the second DUI Task Force in Westmoreland County.

Communities participating in the roving DUI checkpoints will be: Latrobe, Ligonier Borough, Ligonier Township, Derry Borough, Mount Pleasant Borough, Scottdale Borough, Southwest Greensburg Borough, Seward Borough and Jeannette.

Latrobe K-9 Officer Robert Derk will be the DUI Task Force’s coordinator while Latrobe police Officer Ron Keslar will be the assistant coordinator for the program. Another officer who had been instrumental in obtaining the grant for the area was killed in the line of duty when a DUI driver struck his police vehicle head-on on Route 30. Ligonier Township police Lt. Eric Eslary was killed on May 5th this year.

The Ligonier area man responsible for Eslary’s death has been charged with drunken driving.… Read More

DUI Driver May have Ran Stop Sign before Hitting Teen

download (17)A hit and run accident in West Philadelphia has left a 17-year-old boy injured in an incident that occurred at 57th Street and Westminster Avenue on Saturday morning.

According to police, a man has been arrested and is being held under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

It is believed that the man, driving a gold Buick LeSabre that sustained severe windshield damage and that ran stop signs around 1:40 a.m. is the culprit in the case. The car matched the one that witnesses say left the scene of the accident.

The teen who was hit in the incident remains in a local hospital and has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

Police say the driver remains in custody and charges are pending.

Anyone who is facing the charge of DUI, particular in the case of a hit and run accident needs to have good legal advice in their corner.Read More

Shooter Shown in DUI Video

downloadThe man who shot and killed four Marines and a Navy Sailor on July 16th can be seen in recently released video of his arrest after having driven under the influence of alcohol.

Authorities in Tennessee released the video last week of the arrest of Mohammed Abdulazeez after allegedly driving under the influence in April – just three months before launching his deadly attack on a military recruiting station in Chattanooga.

The dashcam video released by police shows Abdulazeez in his vehicle as he weaved in and out of traffic before he was stopped at approximately 2:10 a.m. on April 20th.

At the time of his arrest, police indicated that Abdulazeez smelled of both alcohol and marijuana.

Abdulazeez told officers that he had not been drinking and claimed that his poor driving was due to a lack of sleep.

No one should ever get behind the wheel and drive while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance or even when they are tired.… Read More

Rori Blair Charged with DUI

york-countyAfter suffering a stroke, Pitt defensive end Rori Blair has returned to the football field. However, Blair is also facing charges of driving under the influence of a drug at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour in an incident earlier this year.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Rori Blair, 20, has been charged with driving under the influence, driving at an unsafe speed and other related charges.

State Police clocked Blair driving at 117 mph in a 55 mph speed limit area located near the Fort Pitt Bridge at approximately 3:30 a.m. on March 15.

Troopers pulled Blair’s vehicle over and when approaching the vehicle, the trooper “detected a strong odor of marijuana” coming from Blair’s breath. The trooper also indicated that Blair also had blood shot glassy eyes at the time of the traffic stop.

Blair was taken by police to UPMC Mercy hospital for a blood test.… Read More

Man Convicted of DUI Manslaughter

download (3)A man from Brighton Heights was sentenced to jail for his role in the death of a pedestrian in 2013 while driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, Gregg R. Baratka, 38, has been sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski of Allegheny County to serve eight to 23 months’ imprisonment and four years’ probation.

In December of 2013, Baratka told police was turning left in a pickup truck from Brighton Road onto Woods Run Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Baratka heard his side-view mirror hit his window and he stopped his vehicle. Witnesses informed him that he had struck a pedestrian. Baratka called 911 and waited for police to arrive at the scene.

The victim in the accident, pedestrian James Lepinsky, 88, died four days as the result of blunt force trauma suffered in the accident.

Police administered a blood-alcohol test which indicated that Bartaka’s blood alcohol level was 0.09 — just above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.… Read More