Man Arrested for DUI with Cheese Steak on His Lap

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Theft: On Oct. 21, the West Chester police responded to the report of a theft at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop located at 250 East Market Street.  After an investigation, police took 36-year-old West Chester resident Bartolome Castro into custody for alleged theft.

Assault: On Oct. 22, at approximately 1:15 a.m. police responded to the 600 block of Downingtown Pike after a report of a disturbance.  Police arrested 25-year-old Scranton resident Delron Reed for alleged simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief after he allegedly damaged the screen door and accosted the victim.

DUI: On Oct. 21, police responded to the intersection of Bradford Avenue and Gay Street after a report of a subject passed out behind the wheel of a car.  At the scene, police made contact with 25-year-old Philadelphia resident Lawrence Mitchell, who was asleep behind the wheel with a cheese steak on his lap.  Police arrested Mitchell after he allegedly failed field sobriety tests.

nona October 25, 2012 at 06:05 PM
"Was the charge a DUI of cheese steak? Did the police preserve the cheese steak as evidence? Was the chain of evidence broken? Was the cheese steak shop charged with being an accessory before the fact because it served too many cheese steaks to the defendant, rather than cutting him off? Was the cheese steak “wit” or not?"—from my California relative/ex-attorney who sorely misses East Coast cheese steaks.
Jere Kane October 25, 2012 at 09:03 PM
The temperature of the cheese steak was taken to see how long prior to the arrest the cheese steak was purchased. Assuming the temperature was at or below the air temperature, the defendant has a valid defense do the driving while under the influence of a cheese steak. Additionally, the cheese steak was further tested to see if had been "spiked".


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