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Police: Man was DUI when driving nephew to McDonald's
A York City man was likely high and drunk when he was pulled over by police early Thanksgiving morning while driving his 11-year-old nephew to a Manchester Township McDonald's, according to charging documents.
At the time, Quintin A. Blacknall was free on bail, charged in August with possession of a small amount of marijuana and exceeding the speed limit by 26 mph, court records state. The charges resulted from a July 22 traffic stop in Springettsbury Township, records indicate.
Blacknall, 50, of 214 S. Pine St., Apt. 2R, remains in York County Prison on $85,000 bail, charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, possession of a small amount of marijuana and having an inoperable taillight.
According to charging documents filed by Northern York County Regional Police, Officer Zachary Grey was on patrol at 1:20 a.m. when he spotted a Kia Sedona near the intersection of Route 30 and North George Street that was going slowly, its driver apparently having difficulty making turns and maintaining "an appropriate speed."
Cop smelled pot: Grey pulled over the Kia, driven by Blacknall, and "immediately smelled a strong odor of fresh marijuana," documents state.
The officer seized two baggies of pot from the Kia, and Blacknall admitted to smoking a blunt about an hour earlier, charging documents allege.
He also smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety testing, after which Grey arrested him at the scene, police said.
Blacknall told the officer that he was taking his 11-year-old nephew to McDonald's when he was pulled over, documents state.
A different Northern Regional officer drove the boy home, police said.
It is unclear whether Blacknall has retained an attorney.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.