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Drunk driving charges filed against Pennsylvania father
A police officer was on patrol shortly prior to 1 a.m. in a marked police car. A near collision involving another vehicle and the patrol car led to the initiation of a traffic stop. At the end of the traffic stop, the Pennsylvania man driving that vehicle was taken into custody for drunk driving.
Police reports suggest that the driver was intoxicated when he allegedly crossed over into the oncoming lane of traffic and nearly crashed into the officer’s patrol car. When the vehicle was pulled over, the officer discovered two children in the car. It turns out the driver is the father of the children, a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old.
The interaction between the Pennsylvania man and the police officer led the officer to arrest him. He has since been released because he was able to post the required 10 percent of his $15,000 bail. Even though he is no longer in jail, he still faces two counts of child endangerment, two counts of driving under the influence with a child and two counts of reckless endangerment, along with a charge for reckless driving.
As this case heads to court, the accused man and his defense team are likely focused on challenging the formal charges and the evidence that prosecutors intend to use at trial. The government is required to prove an individual’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law, a standard that is intentionally set high in order to prevent the conviction of innocent people. A thorough review of the case could help identify the man’s options with regard to pursuing a favorable resolution of the drunk driving and other charges.