Odd Collection from the Police Blotter

Carlisle, Pennsylvania – Derek Randall Pittman was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) with a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit, but he was a passenger at the time of the arrest. A Pennsylvania state trooper stopped a swerving car and noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, and the driver holding a large sandwich with both hands. Pittman volunteered that he held the steering wheel while his friend took a bite out of the sandwich. The man in the driver’s seat of the car was not arrested.
Galesburg, Illinois – Police officers responded to a call at 3:11 am reporting a vehicle about 15 feet off the road. They found the vehicle running with the headlights, taillights and back-up lights on but could not wake Joel Thrailkill locked inside. The car actually belonged to someone else who did not have a second set of keys and he gave permission for the police to break a window. Before that happened though Thrailkill’s foot slipped off the brake and the car traveled in reverse, through an intersection and into a nearby park. Officers observed the vehicle accelerating through the park, missing several trees before coming to a stop. Thrailkill was arrested for driving
under the influence, no valid driver’s license and on a warrant for failure to appear in court.
Mercer Island, Washington – Elizabeth Shastko, arrested for DUI, showed up drunk at a treatment session not once but twice. Members of a DUI victim’s panel at the court ordered session notified police who found Shastko passed out in the middle of a driveway. Two bottles were taken from her purse, which were found to contain wine. Shastko’s DUI defense attorney says it was not alcohol but a painkiller that got the best of Shastko, who’d just had foot surgery. Mercer Island Municipal Court Judge Wayne Stewart says he’ll wait to make a decision on revoking Shastko’s deferred DUI prosecution until after a full hearing.

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