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Police: York grandfather drove high, drunk with unrestrained tot in car

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Bryan Anthony Peachlum Sr.

A York City grandfather remains locked up, accused of driving drunk and high in Newberry Township while his 3-year-old granddaughter was unrestrained in the back seat, police said.

Bryan Anthony Peachlum Sr., 42, of the 900 block of Wayne Avenue, is charged with the first-degree misdemeanors of child endangerment and third-offense driving under the influence.

He remains in York County Prison on $5,000 bail, court records state.

Peachlum was convicted of DUI in 2009 and 2012, according to Newberry Township Police.

Township Officer Jesse Bloom was in a patrol cruiser about 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Newberry Elementary School when a good Samaritan alerted him that the driver of an orange Jeep was "swerving all over the roadway and was clearly intoxicated," and had turned down Sipe Road, charging documents state.

Bloom caught up with the Jeep and followed it to where Sipe Road dead-ends at a local business, police said.

'Jerky movements': The Jeep's driver — Peachlum, police said — was making "quick jerky movements in order to maintain his lane of travel," then started driving aimlessly through the business' parking lot, which is when Bloom pulled over the Jeep, documents state.

Bryan Anthony Peachlum Sr.

Bloom wrote in charging documents that it appeared to him Peachlum was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Peachlum denied using narcotics but said he'd smoked a marijuana blunt prior to driving, documents state.

He submitted to two field-sobriety tests in which he showed signs of impairment, documents state.

Peachlum's 3-year-old granddaughter was his backseat passenger and was sitting in a child safety seat — but was not secured or belted into it, police allege.

He was driving with a suspended license, police said.

It's unclear if he has retained an attorney.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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