Two people were arrested for drunken-driving this weekend during a sobriety checkpoint in Jeannette, according to Police Chief Shannon Binda.
The Laurel Valley DUI Task Force set up on Harrison Avenue Friday night through early Saturday. One of the drunken-driving suspects was under the influence of a controlled substance, he said.
Officers made three drug arrests and wrote 23 citations. Identities of those who had been arrested were not released Monday morning.
Latrobe police say Alex M. Luther, 24, was arrested at his home on East Fourth Street early Saturday after they discovered his white Ford Edge crashed into a tree at the corner of Route 982 and East Harrison Avenue in Latrobe.
Officer Robert Derk alleges Luther avoided the DUI stop by driving the wrong way down Truman Avenue and eluded police along city streets, while reaching speeds of 89 miles per hour. Derk said patrol cars backed off due to safety concerns but, within eight minutes, found Luther’s wrecked, abandoned vehicle several blocks away.
The task force consists of officers from 10 police departments, including Latrobe, Jeannette, Southwest Greensburg, Mt. Pleasant, Seward and Ligonier borough and township.
A 7-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle on Sunday while she was attempting to contact police for help after her allegedly intoxicated father was involved in a drunk driving crash, police said.
DeSandra Thomas was pronounced dead after she was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross I-94 in Romulus, Mich., her mother told Fox 2 Detroit. Police said the girl was looking for help after her father crashed their car into an abandoned vehicle near Merriman around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Two sobriety checkpoints were announced this week by state police in .
One of the DUI checkpoints will be conducted by police from the Greensburg barracks; the other will be run by troopers out of the Belle Vernon station.In each announcement, it was said that the checkpoints would be held at a location “within Westmoreland County.”
Police are not required to disclose a specific location or date, although troopers from Belle Vernon said their checkpoint would take place during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
“The purpose of the checkpoint is to decrease deaths, injuries and property damage caused by impaired drivers” and “decrease the number of impaired drivers on the roadways,” state police from Greensburg said in a written statement.
A Florida woman flashed a carefree smile in her mug shot — despite the possibility of facing manslaughter charges for allegedly crashing her car while drunk and killing a 60-year-old woman.
The accident happened in Ocala just before noon May 10, when boozed-up driver Agenette Marie Welk rammed into the back of a 2017 Hyundai Elantra with her 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche on US Route 27, according to Villages News.
The impact sent the Hyundai — driven by 18-year-old Shiyanne Kroll, whose mother, Sandra Clarkson, was in the passenger seat — hurtling toward the tractor-trailer in front of it.
Regional Medical Center, according to Click Orlando.
Clarkson had just celebrated her 60th birthday the day before.
Welk, 44, was arrested at the scene