Month: June 2016

Philadelphia Drunk Driver Hits Parked Cars

Getting drunk and then sliding behind the wheel of a car is never recommended.  When drinking and driving happen, the possibility of property damage, personal injury, and death come into play.  None of these are something that one wants to wake up to on a Sunday morning.

Port Richmond was quiet for most of that Saturday.  It was nearing midnight at Venango and Edgemont Streets.  That’s when the drunk driver took to the streets.  Apparently, according to authorities, the driver lost control of their vehicle.  That loss of control left several wrecked parked cars in its wake.

Was it intentional?  The police have not yet commented on the potential charges which might be filed.  Since there were so many hit, the allegedly drunk driver might have thought it was a game.  “They smacked into every car coming down the block onto the next and almost hit one or two more,” said the neighbor.Read More

Outdoor Festivals in Pennsylvania This Summer

At the crossroads of New England, the Great Lakes States and the Atlantic Coast, Pennsylvania is a hotbed of activity during summer concert tours. It also has more than a few festivals of its own to help residents stay cool in the hot summer weather.

Make sure you make the most of the culture, excitement and especially the music of what Pennsylvania has to offer by attending one of these incredible summer festivals:

Wawa Welcome America’s Philly 4th of July Jam — July 4, Philadelphia

Downtown Philly gets jam packed on the Fourth, albeit in the best way possible. Wawa hosts free outdoor concerts in multiple venues throughout the city. Vendors, beer tents and food trucks also offer enough refreshment to make the hot summer night enjoyable by any measure.

The night of the fourth, the Philly POPs and the most incredible fireworks display you’ve likely ever seen light up the night sky above the Museum of Art in a way that makes America’s birthday unforgettable.Read More

14-Year-Old Charged with Underage DUI

A 14-year-old boy has been charged by police with driving under the influence of alcohol. His father, who was even more intoxicated, was riding in the passenger seat.

According to official reports, the boy was stopped by Wilkes-Barre police on Wednesday night after officers observed him driving erratically. In addition to charges of underage drinking, a BAC test returned a .106, which is above the legal limit of .08 for adults.

The boy’s father, Ramon Calva-Marin, 34, has been charged by police with child endangerment and corruption of minors. Calva-Marin’s blood-alcohol level was 0.26 percent – more than three times the legal limit.

Police released the boy to a family member and will later be facing prosecution for DUI and underage drinking in juvenile court.

Calva-Marin is due to appear in court on June 14th.

No matter where you are who you are, or even how old you are, driving while under the influence of alcohol is considered a crime.… Read More

Pennsylvania, MADD Join Forces

Pennsylvania state legislators along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving recently joined forces to talk about the state’s new ignition interlock laws. The law was passed last month in order keep repeat DUI offenders off the road.

According to the new law, first-time offenders will be required to have an interlock system for 12-months rather than imposing a one-year license suspension.

Officials indicate that it will take a year to 15 months in order to fully implement the new program. Each device will cost DUI offenders approximately $100 per month.

According to officials at MADD, the interlock devices have stopped some 1.8 million drunken driving attempts across the United States.

No matter who you are, if you and drive, it’s a criminal offense. A DUI conviction can mean the loss of your job and can have serious consequences in terms of not only insurance costs, heavy fines and jail time. When facing such a situation, it’s important to choose a reliable attorney to defend you.Read More

Philadelphia Man Facing Charges from Hit-and-Run Accident

A man from Northeast Philadelphia is currently facing the charges of both drunk driving and aggravated assault in connection with a hit-and-run last month that left a SEPTA police officer in the hospital.

According a police spokesperson on Thursday, the man is identified as Jeffrey Soder, 34, of Holmesburg. Soder had allegedly been driving a Saturn sedan under the influence about 3:00 p.m. on May 22. He struck SEPTA Officer, Gary Miller, 44, as Miller was jogging at Rowland Avenue and Chippendale Street in Mayfair.
Miller hit the car’s windshield and bounced off into the street. He was critically injured and has had to undergo numerous surgeries since the incident. Soder was arrested in connection to the incident on Wednesday.

When someone is facing the seemingly hopeless situation of DUI, especially when there are serious injuries involved, it can be extremely worrying. However, there is hope. You do have the right to an attorney.… Read More