Police: Halloween ride ends in DUI arrest
A Halloween ride was no treat for three small children, whose father was driving drunk with them in his pickup truck, police allege.
Alexander Charles Taylor, 24, of Northwood Manor mobile home park, 1300 York Haven Road in Newberry Township, is being charged with three counts of child endangerment and single counts of driving under the influence, disregarding traffic lanes and careless driving.
Newberry Township Police spotted a white Ford F-350 pickup truck moving erratically on South Landvale Street about 9:10 p.m. Oct. 31 and followed it as it made its way to York Haven Road, according to charging documents.
Patrolman Nick Vozzella watched as the truck crossed over the white fog line and nearly hit the guard rail, then came back over and crossed the center line before turning onto Pleasant Grove Road, documents state.
At that point, it twice went off the road into the grass and crossed over or touched the yellow line several times — including once when half the truck was in the opposing lane, police allege.
Vozzella turned on his lights at the turn to Northwood Manor, but the pickup truck didn't stop, documents state. It wasn't until he activated the cruiser's siren that the truck stopped, police said.
When the officer approached the truck, Taylor had a can of Copenhagen chewing tobacco in his hand, and "had chewing tobacco all over his lips and hands," documents state.
'Groggy': Taylor was groggy and slow-moving while trying to pull out his driver information, documents state, and said he was coming from Mount Wolf.
"I asked Mr. Taylor what he was doing in Mount Wolf, and he advised he had taken his children trick-or-treating," Vozzella wrote in charging documents.
His three children — 3- and 4-year-old daughters and a 1-year-old son — were in the truck, police said.
Vozzella wrote he could smell alcohol on Taylor's breath, but Taylor denied drinking anything, documents state.
Breath test: However, he failed field sobriety tests, and a breath-test at the scene showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.217 percent, according to charging documents. In Pennsylvania, an adult is driving drunk at 0.08 percent.
Newberry Township Police filed charges Tuesday at the office of District Judge Scott Gross, according to court records.
Taylor is being sent a summons through the mail, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 18, according to court records.
A phone number for Taylor couldn't be found, and it is unclear if he has retained an attorney.
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