Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable? About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Internationally, only a handful of countries, including Canada, the United States and England, have a BAC limit of .08 while most of the …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Charles N. Gamber, 37, of Ascot Court, was warned earlier in the night of September 29 by police not to drive his moped, according to The Intelligencer. He did it anyway.
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Wednesday, April 17
A Montgomery Township moped driver, now convicted thrice for driving under the influence, is heading to jail for up to five years, according to The Intelligencer. Charles N. Gamber, 37, of the 600 block of Ascot Court, was weaving back and forth on Upper State Road on the night of September 29 in Montgomery Township, according to the article. According to the court affidavit, Gamber was pulled over for improper registration. He then pulled the new one out of his backpack; the backpack also contained beer cans. Gamber also had alcohol on his breath, according to the complaint. Hours earlier, Gamber, who was drunk at the time, police allege, was told by police not to drive his moped. Police had responded to Gamber’s home on Ascot Court for …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Paige Eberharter, 21, was the passenger in a Nissan Maxima driven by Nam Vu, 36, of East Norriton. Both were taken to Einstein Montgomery Medical Center for treatment of injuries.
Pennsylvania State Police said Paige Eberharter, 21, of North Wales, was injured in a crash April 13 at 3:16 a.m. on the 1000 block of Whitehall Road, Worcester. The driver of the 1996 Nissan Maxima was Nam Vu, 36, of East Norriton, police said. Vu was arrested on suspicion of DUI, police said. Police said Vu was traveling north on Whitehall Road, when he failed to negotiate the left curve in the road. The Nissan left the right side of the road and struck a guardrail with its front end, police said. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Police said Vu allegedly showed signs of impairment and was taken into custody for suspected DUI. Vu and Eberharter were taken via Plymouth EMS to Einstein Montgomery Medical Center for treatment of …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
This week's stories include a man who allegedly threw his weed at cops during a traffic stop and a Whitemarsh man who quickly went from a victim to arrestee.
Driver Throws Weed At Cops: According to a report in the Abington Patch, a 44-year-old man is facing drug charges after he allegedly threw a bag of marijuana at an officer during a traffic stop. When police asked the man what he did, he responded, "[Expletive], I can't believe I just threw weed at cops." The man also allegedly confessed to having "a little rock down [his] pants." Read the full story here. If You Can't Beat'em, Join'em: According to a report in the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch, a 19-year old man was hospitalized after his 61-year-old father assaulted him in their home. Police arrested the father a short time later. Roughly 12 hours later, after being released from the hospital, the 19-year-old son returned home and proceeded …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Michael Naudasher, 28, of West Third Street, was pulled over for allegedly speeding on DeKalb Pike early Sunday morning.
A Lansdale man was pulled over for suspected DUI Sunday morning in Whitpain Township, according to police. Police said Michael Naudasher, 28, of the 800 block of West Third Street, was allegedly speeding in a black Honda north on DeKalb Pike at 2:01 a.m. The car was stopped and police spoke to Naudasher, who had the odor of alcohol on his breath, police said. Naudasher was taken to Mercy Suburban Hospital for a blood test to determine BAC, police said. Charges of DUI and other traffic offenses are pending blood results, police said.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
North Penn High School juniors were educated Tuesday on the dangers of reckless, negligent and distracted driving, as part of a Montgomery County Health Department community traffic safety program
It was a day when physics and health came together — all to save lives. Isaac Newton's First Law, also known as the Law of Inertia, is known as such: A body in motion will remain in motion, unless acted on by an outside force. Like, for example, when a car collides with a tree or another vehicle. The driver and his or her passengers will continue to be projected forward, unless stopped by a seatbelt. Without a seatbelt, the bodies remain in motion — and through the windshield. The horrors and realities of reckless, careless and negligent driving were made evident Tuesday during health classes at North Penn High School, courtesy of the North Penn Safe Schools Committee, Montgomery County Health Department, Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT…
Saturday, March 2, 2013
This week's stories include a fugitive who was arrested after taunting police on a Patch Facebook page, an accused car thief who can't stay out of trouble, and proof that even the elderly can break the law.
Pride Comes Before the Fall: According to a report in the Lansdale Patch, a 21-year-old fugitive accused of felony drug charges was arrested only days after he taunted police on the Lansdale Patch Facebook page. In his comment, the fugitive stated “im not turnin my self .... run run as fast as u can u cant catch me im da ginger bread man ...... sincierly da gingerbread man.” He was apprehended a few days later, along with his incredible neckbeard. Read the full story here. At Least He Learned to Stay Away from Popeye's: According to a report in the Pottstown Patch, a teen who was arrested in January – after police allegedly tied his Popeye's Chicken receipt to a car theft – is facing new charges after he allegedly stole another car in …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
This week's stories include a large man who withstood multiple rounds of a Taser before being placed under arrest, a allegedly drunk delivery guy who got lost in someone's yard, and an allegedly drunken man who called the cops for a ride.
The Bigger They Are, The Harder they Are To Taser: According to a report in the Pottstown Patch, a 62-year-old man is facing charges of DUI, resisting arrest, and related offenses, in connection with a traffic stop on Feb. 2. After the 6-foot-6, 245 pound man allegedly became uncooperative during the stop, police attempted to subdue him with pepper spray, but the effects were "negligible." The man then allegedly doused an officer with an open jar of whiskey, at which point police tased the man twice, with no effect. The man was tased a third time, which finally broke his grip on the steering wheel and allowed police to force the man out of his car and onto the ground. Read the full story here. Drunken Philadelphia Pizza Guy Gets Lost, …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
This week's stories include a woman who was fined $200 for cussing out a crossing guard, and a convicted robber who decided to thank his victims.
Man Charged with DUI After Allegedly Passing Out at McDonald's Drive-Thru: According to a report in the Limerick Patch, a 27-year-old man has been charged with four counts of DUI after he allegedly passed out in his vehicle while at the McDonald's drive-thru. Court documents state that upon arrival by police, the driver smelled like alcohol, had glassy eyes and seemed lethargic. He was later taken to a local hospital to have blood drawn for testing. Read the full story here. Convicted Robber Thanks Victims for Cooperation: According to a report in the Ambler Patch, a 22-year-old man will serve the next six to 20 years in prison after stealing $20,000 of narcotics from the Whitpain CVS. Upon receiving his sentence, the man thanked his …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The man was allegedly in possession of two metal expanding batons.
A Towamencin man was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia and possessing an offensive weapon in relation to a DUI stop in Lower Salford, according to court records. A Pennsylvania State Police report states that Jesse Alexander, 31, was driving a green 1996 Chevrolet pick up at the intersection of Freeman School and Salfordville Roads in Lower Salford Township on Dec. 29 at 2:22 a.m. when he was stopped for vehicle code violations. According to police, Alexander allegedly exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Upon searching his vehicle, police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two metal expanding batons, which are considered offensive weapons. The weapons charge is a fist…