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Police: Two DUIs and a Drug Arrest in the Borough

The following incident reports were provided by the Phoenixville and Schuylkill Township police departments. Arrest does not imply conviction.

DUI on West Bridge Street

According to court documents, on August 28 a Schuylkill Township police officer was following a silver Volvo on the 400 block of Pothouse Road when the car, traveling with its high-beams on, began to weave on the road, at one point nearly striking a tree.

The officer pulled the driver, Joanna Shealy, a 23-year-old resident of the 500 block of Bridge Street, over and smelled alcohol on her person. Shealy then failed three sobriety tests and was taken to Phoenixville Hospital to have blood drawn for testing.

She was charged with DUI and careless driving.

DUI on Valley Forge Road

According to court documents, on August 25 at 2:35 a.m. a Schuylkill Township police officer pulled over a Chevy Malibu for driving by his patrol car with its high beams on.

Upon making the stop, the officer noted that the driver, Kyle Farris, a 25-year-old resident of the 700 block of Westridge Gardens Way, had glass and bloodshot eyes and smelled like alcohol.

Farris acknowledged that he had had “a couple” drinks but failed field sobriety tests. He was taken to Phoenixville Hospital to have blood drawn and was charged with DUI and careless driving

Drug Arrest at Giant

According to court documents, on August 26 at 2:39 p.m., a Phoenixville police officer conducting an investigation at Giant arrested a 21-year-old Coatesville woman for possession of drug paraphernalia. It's unclear if the arrest was related to the initial investigation.

In the affidavit of probable cause, the officer stated he made contact with the woman, asked her to empty her pockets, and she removed a multi-colored glass pipe that he determined was used for smoking marijuana. She was taken into custody and charged.

MrBlue September 06, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Seems like all these drivers were driving with "their high beams on"...and then were pulled over and DUI arrests were made. Driving with high beams is a common excuse used by police as probable cause to pull over drivers which cites an infraction that cannot be proved or disproved. I'm not saying that's what happened in these cases, I'm saying I'd keep an eye out to see if there's a pattern here. I don't want drunk drivers on the road but I also want the police to follow the law.

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