Police Log Dec. 13: Accidents, DUI, possession, weapons

• State police from the Avondale said William D. Brown, 35, of Middletown, Del., was cited for excessive speed on Doe Run Road on Dec. 6. According to the report, Brown was driving an International Harvester north on Newark Road in West Marlborough Township when he tried stopping at the intersection with Doe Run Road before making a left turn. The attempt to stop failed and the vehicle went through the intersection and struck an embankment. Police reported no injuries.

Southern Chester County Regional Police

• Sean T. Rafter, 25, of Kennett Square, was arrested on suspicion of DUI following an incident on Dec. 2 in New Garden Township, according to police. A report said police were called to the 400-block of Highland Court because a white vehicle had been parked on the street for an extended period of time. When police arrived in the area, the vehicle’s headlights came on began to drive towards the police vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver, police detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and two “blunt” wrappers were observed on the floor. Police also said they observed indicators that suggested he was under the influence. Rafter admitted to having just smoked marijuana prior to the police contact.

• Makenzie Y. Miller, 19, of West Grove, was arrested and charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act following a traffic stop for a moving violation. Police made the stop at 9:33 a.m. on Nov. 30, in the 200 block of Starr Road, in New Garden Township. According to the report, police observed a Toyota sedan traveling westbound on Starr Road at a high rate of speed, in the posted 35 mph zone. Once behind the vehicle, an additional infraction in the form of a windshield obstruction was observed. A traffic stop was initiated, and contact was made with Miller, during which the odor of marijuana was detected emanating from the vehicle. When questioned, Miller advised that she had a small amount of marijuana in an ashtray. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced marijuana and related contraband in several locations throughout the vehicle.

• Southern Chester County police said Stephen Van Veen, 21, of Landenberg, was arrested on Nov. 26 on charges of criminal trespass, criminal mischief, harassment, and public drunkenness. At about 2:38 a.m., police were dispatched to the 100 block of Hamilton Road, in New Garden Township for a report of a disturbance. The dispatch advised that a subject was punching and kicking the front door of a residence and that he had subsequently gained entry, police said. Upon arrival, Van Veen was on the front porch. He ignored verbal commands to show his hands and get on the ground and had to be physically restrained by officers. He was also showing signs of intoxication and had injuries from a previous altercation with a friend, who was trying to stop him from kicking the door, the report said. In addition to kicking and damaging the front door, Van Veen threw a pumpkin at the door.

• Valerie Manceir, 55, of Newark, was arrested and charged with DUI and related traffic offenses on Nov. 24, according to a report from the Chester County Regional Police Department. At approximately. 9:14 p.m. on that day, police were dispatched to the intersection of Limestone and Southwood Roads, in New Garden Township, after a motorist reported that he had a Toyota Prius, with a suspected intoxicated driver, blocked in at that location. Police observed numerous indicators suggesting intoxication. Due to Mincer’s condition, and for her safety, field sobriety tests were not given. She was transported to the Kennett Square Borough Police Department where she submitted to a chemical test of her breath, resulting in a blood alcohol content of 0.223 percent.

• Police arrested David Pennington, 40, of Avondale for DUI and related traffic offenses, following a hit and run crash in New Garden Township on Nov. 23. A report said the accident happened at 2:25 a.m., in the 1000 block of West Baltimore Pike. Police were dispatched to a report of an erratic driver being followed by the caller. Pennington reportedly struck an unoccupied tractor trailer that was parked in the area of 1010 W. Baltimore Pike. Police located the vehicle, which had heavy front-end damage, at Baltimore Pike and Newark Road and a traffic stop was initiated. Upon making contact with Pennington, police said they observed numerous indicators suggesting intoxication. A chemical test of his breath revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.178 percent.

• Gary J. Walsh, 19, of Bear, Del., was arrested and charged with DUI as well as with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act and prohibited offensive weapons, following a traffic stop for erratic driving, according to a police report. The incident occurred on Nov. 22 at approximately 1:40 a.m., in 8900 block of Gap Newport Pike, in New Garden Township. Police said they observed a Subaru leave its lane of travel on several occasions and the driver of same make abrupt overcorrections. When Walsh rolled down his window, smoke billowed out and police were met with a strong odor of marijuana. After failing field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. During a search, suspected marijuana was found on his person and in the vehicle, as well as a blackjack, which is a prohibited offensive weapon by law.

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