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Police Make Thanksgiving Eve DUI Arrests

Lower Southampton Police arrested two drivers suspected of driving under the influence the night before Thanksgiving.

The following information was supplied by the Lower Southampton Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction. For full details from the police reports, click on the attached PDF file.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, a 60-year-old Feasterville man was found to be driving under the influence. Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Bridgetown Pike at about 9:46 p.m. for the report of a one-vehicle accident. At the scene, officers found a black Ford Explorer resting against a utility pole along the side of the southbound lane. The vehicle also struck and snapped a second utility pole completely in half. PECO had to respond to the scene because numerous power lines and cable lines were hanging very low.

While speaking to the driver, officers detected a very strong odor of alcohol coming from him in addition to noticing his eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred and he had trouble standing. He admitted to consuming alcohol at Hazy's Bar. He was not given field sobriety tests due to just being in a major accident, but he registered .12 on a breath test and was placed under arrest for DUI. He refused medical treatment and also refused to provide a blood sample.

Thursday, Nov. 22 at 2:49 a.m., an officer observed a silver Chrysler SUV suddenly swerve on Street Road. The officer followed the vehicle up to the light at Street Rd and Bustleton. As the vehicle made a left turn onto Bustleton, it began turning into the curbside lane instead of the center driving lane. The vehicle was forced to make a sudden stop to avoid a collision. The vehicle made an erratic jerk to the left to avoid hitting another car and then pulled into the Suburban Diner parking lot. The officer pulled in behind the Chrysler and the driver got out and began walking toward the officer. He appeared unsteady and was slow to respond to the officer's request for him to get back into his car. He had a despondent expression on his face and his eyes were red and glassy. The driver, a 24-year-old Feasterville resident, told the officer that he and his passengers had been at Steam in Southampton and he had been drinking. He failed some of the field sobriety tests and registered .10 on a breath test. The driver was then taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. He consented to a blood draw. Pending results of the blood draw, the driver will be charged with DUI, careless driving and related traffic offenses.

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