Police Log May 12: Accidents, thefts, DUIs

images• A disabled vehicle on Route 322 at Clayton Park led to the arrest of a 28-year-old from Chester. Police said they found Joshua Belknap had been driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

• Two people had handbags stolen from their cars while parked at The Skyzone in Concord Township on May 9. A report said one of the victims had a window smashed, but the other vehicle was entered through an open window. The incidents happened between 7 and 8 p.m.

• A Wilmington man was cited for following too closely following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 at Johnson Farm Lane on May 1. Police said Benjamin W. McConachie, 24, was cited when he hydroplaned and struck another vehicle that had slowed prior to the intersection.

• Two people from Glen Mills, Alicia Fasy and Michael Phillips, reportedly stole $1,500 from a Glen Mills woman between April 28 and May 3. No other details were released.

• Police said Robert Paul Nichols, 41, of Milford, Del., was arrested for DUI following a traffic stop on Route 202 near Johnson Farm Lane at 2:25 a.m. on April 10.

• On April 23, just before 1 a.m., Mason Chadwick Hall, of Greenville, Ga., was arrested for DUI on Route 202 at Watkin Avenue, according to a police report. Police said he was found with a small amount of marijuana.

• Dimatrice Izeal Latney, of West Chester, was arrested for DUI after an April 24 traffic stop on Route 202 at Dilworthtown Road, according to a police report. Police said they found a small amount of marijuana in Latney’s possession.

• Police said 18-year-old Nikyi Garnett of Wilmington was arrested for DUI after a traffic stop at the intersection of Routes 1 and 202 on April 24.

• No injuries were reported following a two-vehicle accident on Ring Road in Chadds Ford Township, on April 24. According to a police report, a motorist failed to yield the right-of-way while making a left-hand turn and drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

• State police from the Avondale barracks said a motorist making a left turn onto Route 926 eastbound from the Landhope Farms parking lot at Unionville Road struck an oncoming vehicle. No injuries were reported, nor was either driver cited in the May 4 accident. Police did not identify the drivers.

• No injuries were reported nor were drivers identified in a two-vehicle crash on Route 1 on May 3.  A police report said the accident happened in the northbound lanes of Route 1 in Kennett Township when one driver merged into the lane of the other.

• A May 2 accident on Bethel Road in Concord Township resulted in one driver being cited, but no injuries reported. Police said one of the unidentified drivers exited a driveway and attempted to make a left-hand turn onto the street, but failed to yield the right-of-way to an oncoming vehicle, resulting in the collision.

• Brendan Patrick Beck, 37, of Broomall, was arrested for DUI on May 1 in Pennsbury Township, according to a police report. Police said Beck was stopped at 11:19 p.m. because of an inoperable headlamp.

• Speed is believed to be the cause of a one-car accident on Lenape Road in Pocopson Township that caused a driver and passenger to be transported to the hospital. A report from state police said Alana N. Mooney DiPerri, 19, of Clifton Heights, was driving traveling south when her vehicle left the roadway while negotiating a left curve. The car, a Honda Accord, struck one tree, spun 180 degrees, and then hit a second tree. The driver and her 19-year-old passenger were transported to Chester County Hospital. The accident happened May 1.

• An April 23 crash at the intersection of Routes 52 and 926 resulted in no injuries, but one of the drivers was cited for making an improper left-hand turn. A police report said Sean P. Cadden, 18, of West Chester, southbound on 52 when he turned left into the path of an oncoming vehicle that struck Cadden’s vehicle. The accident happened at 10:52 p.m.

• State police from Troop K, Media barracks arrested three people at Newlin Grist Mill on charges ranging from DUI to drug possession. A report said the three were in the mill after operating hours on April 2. Billy Holmes, 45, of Seaford, Del., was arrested for drug possession and DUI, while Joshua Kissinger, 28, also of Seaford, and Megan Marie Derr, 27, of Glen Mills, were arrested for drug possession, the report said.

• State police from the Embreeville barracks initiated a traffic stop on Stargazers Road in Newlin Township on April 3 at 12:04 a.m. Robert W. Mendenhall, 50, of West Bradford Township, was arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana, police said.

•  State police from the Avondale barracks cited Laurence Harmelin, 64, of West Chester, for driving at an unsafe speed on Sunday, May 8, at 2:06 p.m. Police said Harmelin was traveling northbound on Route 52, just south of Parkerville Road in Pocopson Township, when he failed to negotiate a left curve, lost control of his 2005 Subaru Outback, which spun 180 degrees before landing in a ditch.

• An unidentified Pennsbury Township resident reported to state police on April 17 that someone fraudulently used their Social Security number to file an income-tax return.

• State police cited Laurence Harmelin, 64, of West Chester, with driving at an unsafe speed after he lost control of his car while trying to negotiate a left hand curve on Lenape Road. A report said Harmelin’s car spun 180 degrees and came to rest in a ditch. No injury was reported from the May 6 accident.

• A one-vehicle accident left a driver with minor injuries. State police said James E. Plank, 54, of Coatesville, was driving north on Lenape Road in Pocopson Township, but lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a left hand curve and ended up in a ditch near Parkerville Road. According to the report, he was cited for driving too fast for weather conditions on May 6.


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