Police Log Sept. 23: Crashes, theft

Pennsylvania State Police

Media Barracks

State police from the Media barracks will hold a child car seat safety inspection on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free inspection will be held in the parking lot of the Rocky Run YMCA, 1299 W. Baltimore Pike, Media. People are asked to make an appointment, but walk-ins are welcomed.

Kimberly A. McBrearty, 31, of Exton, was cited for following too closely following a Sept. 15 accident on Route 202 at Spring Hill Road, police said. According to the report, the other vehicle — a 2019 Chevrolet Suburban — was stopped at the light when McBrearty, unable to stop in time, struck it from behind. Police reported no injuries.

Police said two motorists involved in a rear-ender accident on Route 202 were injured, but both refused transport. Neither driver was named in the police report. According to police, the two were driving south on Route 202 at 9:51 a.m. on Sept. 18 when one rear-ended the other as they approached Beaver Valley Road.

John Hall, 29, of Garnet Valley, was cited for careless driving following a Sept. 19 accident on Route 202 at Naamans Creek Road, police said. According to the report, Hall was driving west on Naamans Creek Road when he struck another vehicle traveling south on 202. Both drivers were reported injured. Hall was transported to Crozer while the other driver was taken to Wilmington Hospital.

Avondale Barracks

A traffic stop led to a Downingtown woman being arrested for drug possession in New Garden Township. Police identified the driver as Tjaira Newkirk, 21. The report said police stopped Newkirk for a traffic violation on Route 1. The odor of marijuana triggered a probable cause search of the vehicle, with cannabis being found. Police made the stop on Route 1 at Bancroft Road at 7:19 a.m. on Sept. 7.

State police are investigating a retail theft at the East Marlborough Township Walmart on Sept. 4.  A report said two women concealed merchandise in a storage tote inside a shopping cart and fled the store without paying. They fled in a blue Chrysler Pacifica with Delaware tags.

Southern Chester County Regional Police

Police arrested Matthew Robert Gilger on Sept. 21 in connection with car theft in August, a report said. According to that report, on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 6:04 p.m., police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Baltimore Pike, in New Garden Township, to report a stolen vehicle. The victim told police his red Chevrolet Impala had been stolen from the parking lot. Through investigation and viewing of video surveillance, two suspects, Eric Kalb and Matthew Gilger, were identified, and warrants were issued for both for theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. The vehicle has since been recovered, and Kalb was taken into custody on Monday, Sept. 14.

Police said Gustavo Villagomez-Rodriguez, 27, of Wilmington, was arrested and charged with DUI and related traffic offenses following a traffic stop for erratic driving. The incident occurred on Monday, Sept. 14, at 10:23 p.m., in the 8900 block of Gap Newport Pike, in New Garden Township. After contacting Villagomez-Rodriguez, police said they observed indicators of intoxication, and field sobriety tests confirmed impairment. He was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. A chemical test of his breath resulting in a blood alcohol level of 0.115 percent.

Jose M. Woods, 23, of Wilmington, was arrested and charged with DUI and a related traffic offense, following a traffic stop for a registration violation, police said. The incident occurred on Saturday, Sept. 5, 1:30 a.m., in the 8800 block of Gap Newport Pike, in New Garden Township. Upon making contact with Woods, the report said, police observed indicators of intoxication and field sobriety tests confirmed impairment. Woods was taken into custody and agreed to a chemical test of his breath, resulting in a blood alcohol level of 0.091 percent, the report said.

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