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December 2010 Archives

Police Blotter On DUI Arrests Made Last Week

Pennsylvania law enforcement officials were kept busy last weekend as the Trentonian's police blotter reported several DUI and drug arrests that occurred during the week of Christmas.

In Lower Makefield, Township police pulled over a 34-year-old male resident driving along River Road. Police officials in PA typically ask drivers suspected of a DUI to pass a sobriety or breathalyzer test to check if their blood alcohol content is within the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Although it was not reported whether the 34-year-old man took any sobriety tests, police arrested him and charged him for driving under the influence.

William Borrell Arrested For Allegedly Driving Drunk

Law enforcement officials arrested an allegedly intoxicated motorist after a hit-and-run victim helped officers catch the suspect. 40-year-old Coatesville local William Borrell was allegedly driving under the influence when his red Honda Pilot struck the victim's vehicle along the Route 30 Bypass. The victim claimed Borrell had immediately fled the scene of the crash after rear-ending him.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that cops from West Whiteland Township responded to an accident that occurred along the bypass, west of Route 100. The victim stated he was traveling east at around 60 mph when William Borrell's car hit him from behind.

Kenney Bellegarde Wanted For DUI Accident

The Courier-Post reported that police officials are searching for Philadelphia local Kenney Bellegarde, who was allegedly responsible for a fatal car accident in Waterford, Pennsylvania. Authorities believe Bellegarde was driving drunk when his vehicle crashed into Amanda Lewis's automobile on October 1.

The head-on collision occurred on White Horse Pike close to Route 73. Amanda Lewis and Davins Bataille, a passenger in Bellegarde's vehicle, were both injured after the collision while 22-year-old Vanessa Tomlin, a passenger in Lewis' car, was killed. Law enforcement officials claim Kenney Bellegarde had a blood-alcohol level that was almost twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent during the time of the accident.

Kings Assistant Coach Mario Elie Suspected Of DUI

Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie was taken into custody last week under the suspicion that he had been driving under the influence. The Washington Post reported a California Highway Patrol officer initially asked the 47-year-old to pull over for a broken tail light. The officer reported he smelled alcohol in Elie's car and thought he displayed signs of being drunk.

Mario Elie was then asked to take a breath test, which revealed he had a blood-alcohol level above the 0.08 percent, which is the legal limit in most states like California or Pennsylvania. Elie was immediately taken to the Sacramento County Jail and was discharged after he posted bail. According to the Sacramento Bee, Kings coach Paul Westphal said Mario Elie's issue was "something you can't dwell on" because "everybody knows better."

Richard Mextorf Resigns After DUI Arrest

Richard Mextorf, The State College Area School District Superintendent, was arrested in Clinton County last month after a state trooper asked him to pull over. He was charged with a DUI and was called to resign from his position almost two weeks after his arrest, according to the Centre Daily Times.

48-year-old Richard Mextorf said the decision was mutual one that he, the school board, and community members agreed upon. Top academic leaders in other Pennsylvania districts have also been arrested for drunk driving. William Hartman Jr., a former superintendent in the York school district, was charged for DUI after having a BAC of close to 0.119 percent in 2006.

Tricia Miller Charged With DUI After Fatal Car Accident

Police officials arrested 39-year-old Tricia Miller after receiving reports on three separate car accidents that occurred in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Miller, a Roxborough local, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, DUI, vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, and other related offenses.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported 23-year-old Tyrell Graves was killed in the car collision with Tricia Miller. Miller had been driving her 1999 Audi on Roosevelt Boulevard in Summerdale when she crashed into Graves' vehicle. The 23-year-old was rushed to the Albert Einstein Medical Center and was pronounced dead after suffering fatal head and body trauma.

Alcoholic Whipped Cream May Cause Concern For DUIs

Alcoholic whipped cream has become the new way for people to enjoy their holiday desserts, according to NBC New York. Brands like Whipped Lightning are turning into top sellers in certain stores like Jersey City's Buy-Rite or Shoppers Vineyard in Clifton, New Jersey. Alcoholic whipped cream is stronger than most beer and wine and contains over 18 percent alcohol. The amount alcohol in the whipped cream is only a little less than the average bottle of hard liquor.

Many Philadelphia parents may be concerned about the risks alcoholic whipped cream may have on curious teens and children; even though it is currently available in limited areas like Connecticut. Although the item is meant for desserts, one YouTube video captures two girls consuming the whipped cream on its own.

Teens Found Getting High Off Nutmeg

Philadelphia parents may have to keep a closer eye on their kitchen pantries as they cook during the holiday season. Reports from the Georgia Poison Center revealed that many kids are now getting high off of nutmeg. Yes, strangely enough, hundreds of young adults are snorting, smoking, eating, and drinking large quantities of nutmeg just to "get baked."

According to Fox 13 News, a recent YouTube video showed one teenage boy guzzling down an entire bottle of nutmeg followed with a swig of water that was also mixed with the spice. University of Michigan student Kayla Stegall said the unusual "YouTube sensation that's going around" has led many children to smoke nutmeg and "then film the effects after" to confirm whether they were able to get high.

Jose Martinez Arrested For Allegedly Driving Drunk In Ardmore

Lower Merion Police arrested Philadelphia resident Jose Caguana-Martinez for allegedly driving under the influence in Ardmore. The PA Patch reported the suspect was driving erratically when law enforcement officials pulled him over to the side on Wynnewood Road, close to the Athens Road intersection. Police reports revealed Caguana-Martinez's breath smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot, and his speech was slurred.

Authorities took the Philly local to police headquarters and gave him a breathalyzer test. Sobriety and breathalyzer tests are generally common for suspected DUIs, but a Philadelphia DUI lawyer may tell you that you have the right to refuse a breath test.  Keep in mind, however, that your license will be immediately suspended for 180 days by the Registry of Motor Vehicle if you choose to not take a breathalyzer test.

Philadelphia DUI: License Suspension

Many people in Philadelphia may not realize that once you have signed your driver's license, you have automatically agreed to test for sobriety based on implied consent laws. Drivers who refuse chemical testing for DUI or have a blood-alcohol content above the state limit of 0.08 percent are immediately subject to having their driver's license suspended, according to the AAA DUI Justice Link.

Pennsylvania generally requires a breath or blood sample (or even both) to determine whether a driver is intoxicated. If you refuse a breathalyzer, law enforcement officials will inform you that your license will be immediately suspended for 180 days. You will lose your license for 30 days if you take the test and fail. If you take the test and pass, the police may let you go.