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86-Year-Old Man Arrested for DUI on Churchview Avenue

Also, three other DUI arrests to report, including two of South Park men, in these Baldwin Borough police briefs (Aug. 22-29).

86-Year-Old Man Arrested for DUI on Churchview Avenue

On Monday, Aug. 29, at approximately 2:50 a.m., a Baldwin Borough police officer observed a vehicle traveling west on Churchview Avenue in north Baldwin with its high beams on. The officer was traveling east on Churchview and reported that the oncoming vehicle did not dim its lights despite an approaching driver. 

The officer turned his vehicle around and pulled over the vehicle in question, which was driven by Loomus Richardson, 86, of 340 Church Ave. in Mount Oliver Borough. The officer reported detecting an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Richardson’s vehicle and that Richardson admitted to recently drinking “four shots,” with the last one having been consumed approximately 45 minutes prior to being pulled over. 

Due to his age, the officer put Richardson through modified field-sobriety tests, which he reported that Richardson failed. The officer reported that Richardson also failed a breath-analyzer test.

Richardson was arrested and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and with excessive use of road-lighting equipment.

Baldwin Man Arrested for DUI on Penn Street

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, at approximately 7:56 p.m., a Baldwin Borough police officer was assisting a woman with removing some belongings from a man’s house on Penn Street in north Baldwin when that officer observed the man backing his vehicle out of a driveway there and onto the street.

The officer reported that the man pulled his vehicle back into the same driveway when he saw the officer’s vehicle. The officer reported that the man appeared to be intoxicated when he exited his vehicle.

The officer put the man—Donald M. Roth, 48, of 641 Penn—through field-sobriety tests, which he reported that Roth failed, before arresting him and charging him with suspicion of DUI.

Roth was transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for a blood test. Results of that test are pending.

South Park Man Charged with DUI, Part I

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, at approximately 10 p.m., a pair of Baldwin Borough police officers observed a vehicle driving through the intersection of Knoedler Road and Wolfe Drive in the Leland Point Apartments complex with an inoperable center brake light.

The officers pulled the vehicle over, and upon conversing with the vehicle’s driver, they reported detecting the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.

The officers put the driver—Zachary R. Stranko, 21, of 6529 Zupancic Drive in South Park Township—through field-sobriety tests, which the officers reported that Stranko failed, before arresting him and charging him with suspicion of DUI.

Stranko refused to have his blood drawn. He was eventually transported to his residence.

In addition to the DUI charge, Stranko is being charged with failure to comply with general lighting requirements. UPDATE: The lighting charge was eventually withdrawn.

South Park Man Charged with DUI, Part II

On Friday, Aug. 26, at approximately 1:16 a.m., a Baldwin Borough police officer came upon a pair of Whitehall Borough police officers speaking with a man at the Baldwin intersection of Brownsville Road and Overland Trail.

The Baldwin officer reported that the Whitehall officers told him that they had followed the man on his motorized bicycle through part of Whitehall but were willing to turn the scene over to the Baldwin officer since they were all in Baldwin at that point. The Baldwin officer, who recognized the man, agreed to handle the incident.

The Baldwin officer reported that the man provided an incorrect name when asked to identify himself. The officer remembered the man’s correct name and checked on the status of his driver’s license, which was suspended relating to a past DUI offense.

The officer checked the man for weapons, at which point he found a wallet in his back pocket with correct identification in it.

The officer reported that the man—Patrick Raymond Gregory, 30, of 6577 Zupancic in South Park—appeared to be heavily intoxicated and that he smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage.

Gregory refused to be subjected to field-sobriety tests but was still arrested for suspicion of DUI and taken to the Baldwin police station.

While at the station, Gregory also refused a breath-analyzer test. He was eventually transported to his residence.

In addition to being charged with DUI, Gregory is being charged with providing false identification to law enforcement and with public drunkenness.

UPDATE: The providing false ID charge against Gregory was withdrawn on Oct. 4.

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