Police: Newberry Twp. man arrested for DUI twice in 4 hours


Police say they arrested a Newberry Township man on Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving very shortly after he got out of lockup, where he'd been because they arrested him for the same thing barely four hours earlier.

Between the pair of brushes with the law that evening, John William Snyder, 46, of 60 Joan Drive, has been charged with two counts of driving under the influence and possession of a small amount of marijuana, according to the criminal complaint against him.

One of Northeastern Regional Police Officer Scott George's colleagues had told him the other officer had arrested Snyder at about 8 p.m., and Snyder's suspected blood-alcohol content was two and a half times the legal limit, according to documents. The other officer said Snyder's car, a green Toyota 4runner, was still in the 300 block of North Main Street in Manchester, and that Snyder would likely be spending the night in the county's central booking unit, as he hadn't been able to contact anyone to pick him up from there, documents state.

But then when George happened to be driving down that road just after midnight, he saw a man in Khaki shorts and a Jeff Gordon T-shirt get out of an SUV and get into the 4runner, police allege. George called the other officer and had him describe Snyder; the other officer described him the same way, documents state.

Knowing how above-the-limit Snyder's BAC had been suspected to be not long before, he followed the 4runner and saw it drift to the right, according to documents. George pulled Synder over and asked him why he was driving if he'd just been arrested for DUI. Snyder told him his sister had picked him up from booking, and he'd convinced her he felt fine, and persuaded her to let him off at his car so he could driver home, documents state.

George performed field sobriety tests on Snyder and arrested him. Snyder allowed the officer to move Snyder's car so it would be out of the way of traffic; when George went to do so, he could smell marijuana, and found a small amount of the herb in the car's center console. The officer then took Snyder back to booking, where a phlebotomist drew blood from him to test his blood-alcohol content, according to documents.

Snyder is free on $2,500 unsecured bail, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

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