Posted By Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz || 12-Jun-2015
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
Categories: Drunk Driving