One man who is believed to have engaged in drunken driving in Pennsylvania
has also been accused of pretending to be a police officer and stopping
a car. The incident occurred along Route 601 on a recent Saturday. The
man faces several charges in connection with the incident, including impersonating
a public servant, unlawful restraint and DUI.
Police said they received word that a suspicious car entered the parking
lot of a mine. The automobile took off when a guard in the area tried
to investigate it. The guard said he noticed bright red and blue lights
coming from the direction of the car after the vehicle had stopped once
again; police later determined these lights to be flares.
Later on, a driver contacted police, claiming that someone had pulled him
over and had asked for his driving license, insurance card and vehicle
registration. He said the person who had pulled him over, however, was
not wearing a uniform, and he smelled alcohol coming from the supposed
police officer. Police said they later encountered the man who had claimed
to be an officer and noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy;
his speech was also slurred, and he was carrying a BB gun.
The man, who now faces DUI charges along with criminal charges such as
disorderly conduct and weapons possession, has the right to defend himself
in a Pennsylvania court. He may choose to go to trial or may decide to
plea bargain with the prosecution if presented with the opportunity to
do so; striking a plea deal may lead to a lighter sentence for him. If
he goes to trial, the government must prove his charges beyond a reasonable
doubt before he can be convicted.
Source: petoskeynews.com, "Intoxicated Pennsylvania man arrested for setting up his own DUI checkpoint", June 5, 2015