Month: July 2016

Pedestrian Hit and Killed in North Philadelphia

It’s a dangerous combination to get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking alcohol. Reflexes slow from the impairment and you can find yourself in deep trouble if you get into an accident.

That may have been exactly what happened in North Philadelphia recently in an accident that took place in the early morning hours on Thursday.

According to police, a white BMW hit a center median, shattered its windshield, and severely damaged the engine. Upon closer investigation, officers discovered that there was blood on the hood of the car. When questioned, the driver indicated that he thought he had struck an animal just prior to the accident that left his vehicle a smoking hulk in the middle of the road.

Police officers surveyed the area looking for an animal. Walking northbound on Roberts Avenue, the officers instead discovered an unidentified black male on the sidewalk, laying on his back and bleeding from his head.Read More

New Ignition Interlock Bill to Reduce DUIs

Drunk driving has become a major problem in the state of Pennsylvania. While access to Uber and other ride-sharing services do provide alternatives to driving under the influence, the fact of the matter is people will get behind the wheel after drinking too much. Our state and local police forces have been cracking down effectively to take these dangerous drivers off the road. Now, state lawmakers are reevaluating the way first-time offenders are punished.

Currently, if you get a DUI in Pennsylvania, even if it’s your first one, you will lose your license for a year if your blood alcohol level was between .10 and .15. That leaves you unable to effectively get around. You may struggle to get to work or school, especially if there isn’t proper public transportation in your area. A new law, sponsored by State Senator John Rafferty, may change that.

What Is Changing

Under Senate Bill 290, first-time offenders who were convicted of a DUI with a blood alcohol content of .10 and .15 may be able to avoid being without a license for a year.Read More

8 Year-Old Killed in Crash, Mother at Fault

There is possibly no situation that is worse for a parent than losing a child in an accident.  It can be even more disheartening, however, to have been the one driving.

That is the unfortunate situation that a Chester County woman finds herself in after she was arrested on Friday following the crash that took the life of her eight-year-old daughter.

According to authorities, Jennifer Trego, 32, of Coatesville, turned herself in to the police on Friday afternoon in connection to the crash August 13, 2015, where she was allegedly driving on a suspended license and under the influence of illicit drugs.

Trego failed to stop her minivan at an intersection that merged onto Route 82 when her vehicle was broadsided by another vehicle.  Trego’s daughter, Krista, was killed in the accident.

Tests indicated that she had marijuana along with unprescribed prescription drugs in her system at the time of the fatal crash.Read More

Bars to Be Open Late During DNC

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Republicans and Democrats alike are barreling forward toward the November election. This year’s Democratic National Convention is set to take place in Philadelphia during the last week of July. During this time, Hillary Clinton is expected to officially accept the party’s nomination to be president. Her running mate will also be accepting his (or her) nomination.

Whether you want to celebrate the nomination or drink in sorrow, some Philadelphia bars will be open late during the week of the DNC. While attendees will likely enjoy this adjusted schedule, others in Philly who aren’t drinking may end up picking up the tab. After all, the later the last call, the more likely people will end up driving drunk.

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Jordan Schwartz, the host committee’s director of external affairs, said they were prepared to receive the
potentially hundreds of requests to stay open later. However, not every application resulted in a permit to do so.
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Allegheny Judge Arrested for DUI Suspicions

It doesn’t matter who you are, if you drink and drive, you could be facing serious consequences as a result.

That is the case for an Allegheny County judge who allegedly drove under the influence and was arrested by state police over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

According to authorities, Christine Ward, 58, of Shadyside, was arrested during a traffic stop after an off-duty deputy observed her driving erratically on Route 28 on Sunday.

The deputy pulled Ward over at a gas station on Fox Chapel Road and then called the incident in.

Ward had been driving a black Mercedes and identified herself to the trooper.  The trooper indicated that Ward had bloodshot and watery eyes and he detected an “extremely strong odor of an alcoholic beverage…emitting specifically from Ward’s breath.”

The judge also made “very slow, sluggish and methodical movements and she staggered as she walked,” according to the affidavit.Read More

Tips for Safe Drinking This Summer

This summer is one of the hottest on record. With the scorching heat, reaching for a pina colada or your favorite beer is a great way to feel cool. However, drinking a lot of alcohol while you’re out enjoying the sun is a quick way to have things go bad, and fast.

That’s not to say you can’t enjoy some cool, refreshing adult beverages this summer. It’s just a matter of being smart about when, where and how much you drink. Follow these tips to make sure your summer isn’t hindered by a trip to the emergency room — or worse.

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country, you will likely sweat a lot. It’s vital you keep yourself hydrated. While alcoholic drinks may seem like a tasty, fun way to do so, you have to be careful about it.
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Man Struck by Drunk Driver, Critically Injured

One man has been critically injured when he was struck by a driver allegedly under the influence of alcohol early Monday morning.

Authorities say that the accident happened just before 2:00 a.m. in the city’s Olney section while the victim was attempting to cross 5th street at the intersection of Ruscomb.   

Police arrived at the scene and arrested the 62-year-old driver for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

The victim, whose identity has not been released, was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Even in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation, there can be any number of factors that can cast doubt on a DUI case. A good defense attorney knows that if there were any mistakes that have been made regarding DUI evidence, it can cast a shadow of doubt on the charges.  In some cases, if the mistakes were egregious enough, motions can be filed that may substantially reduce the charges or get them dismissed altogether.Read More