On Feb. 22, a 41-year-old Pennsylvania man was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving following a traffic stop in Lower Macungie Township. He is also facing charges of illegal possession of a weapon and attempting to flee from police.

According to court documents, state troopers pulled over the defendant at a Target parking lot located near the intersection of Hamilton Boulevard and North Krocks Road at approximately 2:40 a.m. The troopers reportedly executed the traffic stop because the defendant had a non-functional headlight and allegedly tossed a plastic cop out of his vehicle window.

As the defendant entered the lot, he allegedly tossed a second object, which appeared to be made of metal, out of his window. When the troopers spoke with him, they claimed he was slurring his words and smelled like alcohol and subjected him to a field sobriety test. Meanwhile, another trooper searched the area where the defendant tossed the metal object and discovered a loaded .32-caliber revolver. The defendant was arrested and charged with drunk driving, prohibited possession of a firearm, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, fleeing or attempting to elude police, disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license and careless driving. He was also issued a citation for a headlight violation. He was transported to the Lehigh County Jail and held on $50,000 bail.

Drunk driving charges can lead to serious consequences, including incarceration, steep fines, and the loss of driving privileges. Accordingly, people who are in this type of a situation might find it advisable to meet with an attorney so that a strategy to defend against the allegations can be constructed.

Source: The Morning Call, “Lower Macungie traffic stop leads to arrest for drunk driving, weapons violations, police say“, Manuel Gamiz Jr., Feb. 22, 2019