Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable? About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Internationally, only a handful of countries, including Canada, the United States and England, have a BAC limit of .08 while most of the …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Prosecutors say Robert Landis' blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.
Robert Elwood Landis, 49, has been ordered to stand trial for second degree homicide, manslaughter, DUI and multiple other charges related to a two vehicle accident that prosecutors say claimed the life of Liam Crowley of Chesterbrook, Tredyffrin Township. Crowley, who was 24, died two days after his motorcycle slammed into a pick-up truck in the northbound lanes of Wilmington Pike/Route 202 and East Stanton Road in Westtown Township. Prosecutors said Landis, of West Chester, was drunk and driving on a suspended and expired license, when he turned left to cross northbound 202 from the southbound lanes onto Stanton Avenue. Westtown/East Goshen Regional Police accident reconstruction investigator Ted Lewis testified Tuesday that Landis …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Judge tells Robert Landis 'this should have been done before' then sets bail at $1 million.
As Liam Crowley's devastated mother, father and girlfriend looked on Tuesday, District Court Judge William Kraut ordered Robert Elwood Landis held on $1 million cash bond in Crowley's death. Landis, who has five prior DUI convictions, is charged with multiple felony, misdemeanor and summary offenses in the death of 24-year-old Liam Crowley, of Chesterbrook, Tredyffrin Township. Crowley died after a pick-up truck that prosecutors said was driven by an intoxicated Landis struck his motorcycle on Route 202 in Westtown at about 10:30 p.m. on April 26. Crowley was rushed to Paoli Hospital where he died two days later. Landis was arraigned in District Court 15-2-03 in the county service building Tuesday morning. After reading a list of 30 …
The district attorney says drunken driving on Route 202 caused a 'senseless' death.
A 49-year-old West Chester man is facing homicide by vehicle charges following an accident on Route 202 that took the life of a motorcyclist in Westtown on April 26. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Robert Elwood Landis was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.28 percent, more than three times the legal limit at the time of the crash which killed 24-year-old Liam Crowley of Chesterbrook in Tredyffrin Township. "Anybody who drives drunk is in danger of killing another person. Getting behind the wheel of a pickup truck at night on the highway with this much alcohol in your system is like firing 5,000 pound bullet into a crowd of people," Hogan said. Crowley was airlifted from the scene to the trauma center at Paoli …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The man was arrested for DUI after catastrophe was averted on South Darlington Street.
The following incidents were reported by the West Chester Borough Police Department. Arrest, when mentioned, does not suggest conviction. Police: Drunken Driver Nearly Strikes Pedestrians A 26-year-old Drexel Hill man was charged with DUI earlier this month after West Chester Police say he almost struck several pedestrians when he swerved onto a sidewalk in the borough. According to court documents, on April 14, the man was heading north on South Darlington Street in his Honda Accord when he drove onto the east sidewalk and just missed three walkers. The man was stopped on the 100 block of West Market Street and charged with DUI, police say. DUI on Market Street On April 8 at 2 a.m., West Chester Police charged a man with DUI after he …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
West Goshen Police found the defendant in the store's parking lot at 3:41 a.m.
A 32-year-old West Chester man was charged with DUI in April after West Goshen Police say they found him slumped over the wheel of his car in a Wawa parking lot. On April 12 at 3:41 a.m., police were on patrol in the area of the Wawa convenience store located at 1195 Pottstown Pike, when they saw the defendant leaning over the steering wheel of his car. The man smelled like alcohol and consented to and failed a series of field sobriety tests, police say. He was charged with DUI and taken to Chester County Hospital to have blood drawn for testing.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The driver was charged with DUI, according to Westtown-East Goshen Police.
The following incidents were reported by the Westtown-East Goshen Police Department. Arrest, when mentioned, does not suggest conviction. Man Asleep at the Wheel on 202 On Sunday at 4:35 a.m., Westtown-East Goshen Police responded to the southbound lane of 202, approximately 50 north of the road’s intersection with 926 in Westtown Township, for a vehicle stopped in the left hand travel lane. According to police, officers located a silver Pontiac Grand Am stopped in the lane and the driver asleep behind the steering wheel. Police woke the man, and upon doing so detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, police say. After failing several field sobriety tests, police arrested the driver, a 24-year-old Garnet Valley man, and…
The bizzarre incident occurred in Willow Alley.
The following incidents were reported by the West Chester Police Department. Arrest, when mentioned, does not suggest conviction. Man Theatens to Shoot Dog Walker, Dog A 42-year-old West Chester man was arrested on Thursday after police say he threatened to shoot a man and his dog. According to West Chester Police, at 9 p.m. the night of the crime, police were dispatched to the 100 block of Willow Alley for a reported disturbance. The victim told police that while he was in the alley, an unknown man threatened to shoot him and his dog, police say. The victim described the man, and police say they were consequently able to track down and apprehend the defendant. The victim positively identified the defendant, and he was arrested and …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
According to West Chester PD, the crash occurred on Friday.
The following incidents were reported by the West Chester Borough Police Department. Arrest, when mentioned, does not suggest conviction. Driver Charged in Hit-and-Run On Friday, police received word of a hit-and-run crash that occurred on the 100 block of East Nields Street. A West Chester Police officer saw the striking vehicle, a black Ford Ranger with front-end damage, pulling away from the area, police say. The officer stopped the vehicle, which was being driven by a 21-year-old Garnett Valley man. Police say the man took and failed a series of field sobriety tests, and was charged with DUI. DUI on East Market On Saturday at 1:48 a.m., a 23-year-old Chester Springs man was pulled over on the 600 block of East Market Street for …
The arrests occurred between April 1 and April 7.
The West Chester Police Department says it made 29 arrests of individuals aged 18 to 25 from April 1 to April 7, according to Chief Scott Bohn. The arrests are reported as part of the borough's ongoing "Operation Vigilance" program. Police said the arrests break down by the following offenses (some individuals were charged with more than one offense):