Law enforcement officers with the Pennsylvania State Police reportedly stopped a 28-year-old Waynesboro man who was allegedly driving while intoxicated by alcohol and drugs. The man reportedly had a child with him, who was sitting in the back seat while he drove.
Officers report that the incident happened on Feb. 11, 2018, around 9:43 p.m. Officers were responding to a call in the area when they saw the man driving a blue Nissan Xterra. The man allegedly hit the sidewalk before backing up several times in an attempt to park.
Troopers stopped the man and stated that they could smell alcohol on his breath. They also reported that his speech was sluggish, and there was a girl sitting in the backseat without a safety belt. The man allegedly admitted to the officers that he had drunk alcohol and taken Suboxone before driving. Suboxone is a prescription medication that is used to treat addiction to opioids. The man was taken into custody after he reportedly failed the field sobriety tests. His blood was drawn at the hospital and showed that his blood alcohol concentration was 0.154 percent. The man’s blood test also indicated the presence of Suboxone. He was charged with endangering a child, four counts of driving under the influence and one count of careless driving.
Drunk driving charges may lead to severe penalties. When a person is charged with drunk driving with children in the vehicle, the penalties may be much harsher. People who are facing charges of driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both may want to get help from experienced criminal law attorneys as soon as possible after they have been charged.
Source: Public Opinion, “Police: Waynesboro man drove while drunk and on drugs with a child in the vehicle,” Becky Metrick, March 28, 2018