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Drunk Driver Crashes, Leads Officer on Chase, Police Say

According to Phoenixville Police, the man nearly hit several pedestrians during the pursuit.

A 25-year-old Phoenixville man is in Chester County Prison after police say he crashed into a car while intoxicated and then fled the scene, leading police on a car chase that devolved into a foot race the defendant eventually lost.

According to court documents, on February 10 at 12:15 a.m. a Phoenixville Police officer on patrol heard a loud screech in the area of Main Street and Prospect Street and saw a silver Hyundai rear end a car that was sitting at a stop sign.

The Hyundai peeled away from the scene and the patrol car followed it.

The officer activated its lights, but the Hyundai continued on, making a left on to Main Street and a right on to Church. The vehicle then made a left into Phoenixville Federal Savings—nearly hitting several pedestrians in the process—before its driver hopped out of the car and tried to run off. The chase was a short one.

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The driver of the Hyundai was apprehended and identified as Mynor Leonidas Lopez-Perez, 25. Lopez-Perez smelled like alcohol, slurred his speech, and had difficulty staying on his feet.

He was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, three counts of DUI, an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, driving without a license, and careless driving. He faces preliminary hearing on February 14.

Lynn B. February 13, 2013 at 02:00 AM
this guy might live in Phoenixville but he surely is not a Phoenixville man. Why are all these drunk Guatemalans driving cars around town. If they want to get a work visa that's fine but don't give them a license.
charli February 13, 2013 at 02:25 AM
He doesn't have a license and it's just one man and it doesn't state that he's Guatemalan, Mexican, or even Hispanic.There's plenty Americans effing up Phoenixville. Your post sounds racist.
Lynn B. February 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM
so Mynor Leonidas Lopez-Perez isn't a Latino man?
Ike February 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM
I agree ,Lynn, most of them dont have license.I know some and they say , oh yes i have D.L from L.A. and smile.
Cliff Story February 13, 2013 at 01:29 PM
He's a guy who drove drunk and screwed up. Happens to be Hispanic, evidently. Plenty of old white guys like me screw up exactly the same way. No ethnic group holds the patent on stupid behavior.
Douglas J. Trainor February 13, 2013 at 01:32 PM
You mean he is not a Phoenixville man because he wasn't born in Phoenixville? The overwhelming majority of DUI's in Phoenixville are from people born in the USA and not anywhere else. To think anything else would mean that the person has a distorted view of reality that is based on bigotry and not facts. You can be prejudiced against people that learned Spanish before English, you can hate their food and cultural customs, you can hate whatever you want, but it will not change the facts. This person is an individual and represents himself.
David Dawson February 13, 2013 at 02:40 PM
AL-WHO:ALCOHOLIC P-VILLE WETBACK!!!
John February 13, 2013 at 03:13 PM
You are a classy guy david.
harry finster February 13, 2013 at 04:17 PM
no license no insurance who pays for the damage ?you do .the united states gives itself away for cheap labor while the natives live in drug hotels in phoenixville the sytem is broken and needs repair .13900 to go
David Hawkins February 13, 2013 at 04:33 PM
I am not racist. I enjoy that our town is diverisfied. But it seems that most of you who are saying there's not a problem with our Guatemalan neighbors have no clue as to what's really going on. I mean we have a section of town called "little Guatemala". Let me fill you in a little bit on the problems that are plain to see while out and about around town. And again, this is what I see and it's not by any means all Guatemalans that are here. But the scenes I will infom you of I see quite often. 1.)They get hammered drunk at the bar and in the woods around town. I don't mean laughing and singing. I mean shit faced, feeling up women (most of whom are visitors to our town) and wanting to fight drunk. It's not only annoying and dangerous but bad for business. Talk to any bouncer in town and they will tell you about it. 2.) They get drunk in the woods surrounding Bridge street, leave all of there cans and trash then get in their "cars" and roll out. One particulary fine evening (a few hours after seeing about 7 of them going in to the woods with two 30 packs of Keystone beer) while taking my dog for a walk I found him eatting fresh people shit. Next to all of their beer cans left there of course. Yummy! 3.) And by "cars" mentioned above I mean their souped up, loud muffler, spoiler havin death machines that they drive around at 60 miles an hour in town. Because most drive like idiots. So take a look around and see what's happening before you start accusing racisim.
harry finster February 13, 2013 at 04:51 PM
on the other hand im just a big turd named harry finster and my opinion is garbage
harry finster February 13, 2013 at 04:51 PM
on the other hand im just a big turd named harry finster and my oppinion is garbage
George Hughes February 13, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Your right charli , it didn't say hey was Spanish . With a name like that he must be a nice Irish boy !
Church Streeter February 13, 2013 at 05:48 PM
You're a useless racists white trash piece of excrement. Go hop on your motorcycle and get back to beating your wife.
John February 13, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Harry, did you need to get your comment in before school is out ENABLER OF PEDOPHILE! You are right, the system is broke, because pedophile enablers like yourself can flee to mexico and have little or no recourse.
Ike February 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM
dOOUGIEE , WHAT is it with you and this race stuff? Noone said anything about it .Bigotry ???? DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THE Guatemalans ??? THE ONES I KNOW ,and i know alot , three families, which is like 30... But i talk to them alot , VERY NICE PEEPS , HARD WORKING, IN FACT I HAD OME PAINTING DONE. BUT THEY TELL ME THE TRUTH . MOST OF THEM DONT HAVE D.L.s They make a joke about having one from L.A. That most of the cops dont know what to do with them . They no speck english , but they do to me . Dougiee know it off with the race crap . Just because you didnt get your own way ,,Yo are starting to sound like REV . AL and Jesse. Soup grapes , dont mean you can call every thing racist. Dont join a club , just go to the nice bars we have in town.
Sam Walton February 14, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Hey...maybe he's short like me...can we be represented too ?
harry finster February 14, 2013 at 07:18 PM
the person above me is the fake harry finster
harry finster February 18, 2013 at 01:33 PM
that last comment was not me either

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