Police Log Aug 2: Accidents, burglary, DUI

Pennsylvania State Police

An accident on Doe Run Road in West Marlborough Township led to a Delaware man being hospitalized and an 18-year-old being cited for careless driving. State police said Wesley M. Culwell, from Camp Hill, was driving a 2003 Subaru Outback at 2:48 a.m. on July 29 when he crossed over into the oncoming lane of traffic while trying to negotiate a right-hand curve and struck a Chevy Silverado traveling in the opposite direction. The other driver was transported to Brandywine Hospital.

Police are looking for this person in connection with a residential burglary in West Marlborough Township.

State police from the Avondale barracks are investigating a residential burglary in West Marlborough Township. Police say an unidentified suspect arrived at the home at 11:38 a.m. on July 25, walked around the exterior of the home and then broke a window to gain entry. He then filled a pillowcase with various items before leaving in a silver sedan believed to be a 2004-2006 Hyundai Electra.

An unidentified 59-year-old man from Wilmington was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on Cossart Road in Pennsbury Township on July 25. A police report said the suspect was found with a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police said a 28-year-old man from Kennett Square was found with a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia during a July 18 traffic stop on Route 1 in New Garden Township. The suspect was not identified in the report.

Southern Chester County Regional Police

Police said Stephen D. Brinton, 44, of Avondale, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, DUI, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, and related traffic offenses, following a serious crash. The incident occurred 7:58 p.m. on July 7 at the intersection of West Cypress Street and Scarlett Road, in New Garden Township. According to witnesses, the 2015 Honda that Brinton was driving was traveling east on West Cypress Street approaching the intersection with Scarlett Road, the report said. He failed to obey the steady red traffic signal and continued through the intersection, colliding with a Mercedes-Benz that was traveling south on Scarlett Road. Police said the driver of the Mercedes suffered a head injury and a 3-year-old in Brinton’s vehicle lost consciousness after the crash. The injured were transported to the hospital. While interacting with Brinton at the scene, police observed indicators suggesting that alcohol may have been a factor and field sobriety tests confirmed impairment. Brinton was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and submitted to a chemical test of his breath, resulting in a blood alcohol level of 0.147 percent. He was arraigned the following morning and was released after posting 10 percent of $50,000 cash bail.

Aida I. Reyes, 45, of Kennett Square, was arrested and charged with DUI and a related traffic offense, after the 2008 Mitsubishi she was driving was stopped for failing to stay in its lane of travel, police said. According to a report, the incident occurred on July 7 at 1:05 a.m. on Route 1 between Newark Road and Route 82, in New Garden Township. Police said Reyes showed indications of intoxication and field sobriety tests confirmed impairment with her having a blood alcohol level of 0.123 percent.

Police said Shawn B. Peek Jr., 24, of Lincoln University, and James A. Baker, 18, of Oxford, were arrested and charged with simple assault, harassment, and criminal conspiracy, following an altercation on July 7 in the 100 block of Rocky Springs Road, in New Garden Township. Police were dispatched to the report of two males trying to fight the caller's boyfriend.

Elisabeth M. Penta, 41, of Landenberg, was arrested and charged with DUI, following a July 7 incident that occurred at 1:59 p.m. on Starr Road in New Garden Township. Police said a male reported that his wife was attempting to drive their children from that location after having consumed a large amount a vodka. Police made contact with Penta as she left the building with her children and, the report said, observed indications suggesting intoxication.

Police said Andre D. Cassidy, 23, of Middletown, Del., was arrested and charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act, after he was found to be in possession of marijuana and related paraphernalia, following a traffic stop for a moving violation. The incident occurred on July 6 at 5:35 p.m., in the 9000 block of Gap Newport Pike, in New Garden Township.

According to Southern Chester County Regional Police, Kenneth A. Taylor, 26, of Newark, was arrested and charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act and with criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance, following a July 6 incident at 10:30 a.m., in the 700 block of Newark Road, in New Garden Township. The report said police observed suspicious activity taking place in the parking lot of a convenience store, between a female and a male — later identified as Taylor — who approached her vehicle. Police observed activity consistent with a hand to hand drug transaction take place and pulled behind the involved vehicles to further investigate. Contact was made with Taylor and he admitted that he had arranged to meet her there to purchase drugs. Further investigation revealed that Taylor had given the female $100 to purchase 20 Xanax pills that are prescribed to her. She was to then retrieve the pills from her residence, but police interrupted the transaction in progress. A search of the vehicle, that Taylor was a passenger in, produced Xanax and heroin-related drug paraphernalia, that was located where he had been seated. He was taken into custody, processed, and later released pending issuance of a summons.

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