Police: Traffic stop leads to arrests, heart woes

Updated at 2:15 p.m.

Flashing lights filled the parking lot of the Westtown Village Shopping Center during the morning of Tuesday, March 8.

One of the unidentified occupants of a truck with improper registration is taken into custody on an outstanding warrant at the Westtown Village Shopping Center
One of the Peterson brothers is taken into custody on an outstanding warrant at the Westtown Village Shopping Center

More than half a dozen police cars, including vehicles from the Westtown-East Goshen Regional, West Goshen Township and Birmingham Township police departments, responded slightly after 11 a.m.

Birmingham Township Police Chief Thomas Nelling said an officer on patrol found that a truck had been traveling without registration. Following a traffic stop and additional investigation, police learned that two passengers in the vehicle had outstanding warrants and were taken into custody.

They also both have heart problems and were experiencing difficulty, Nelling said, explaining the fact that emergency medical personnel were also summoned to the crowded scene.

Birmingham Police Sgt. Christopher A. Urbany said he initiated the stop after noticing the truck had no registration sticker as it traveled north on Route 202 at Penn Oaks Drive. He said that he called for backup when he realized that the passengers, Robert Peterson and Terry Peterson, brothers from Coatesville, both had outstanding felony warrants. He said the female driver, who was not identified, was cited for the unregistered vehicle.

Urbany said the Petersons were transported to the hospital and would be taken to Chester County Prison by constables after being cleared by doctors.


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