June 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM
It is a pretty good sign that something is off when a car sits at a green traffic light, stopped. Such an observance by one Lower Providence Police Department officer resulted in charges of Driving Under for one Pottstown man, driving with a suspended license.
On Sunday, June 1, at 2:16 a.m., LPPD Cpl. Matthew L. Kuhnert was on traffic patrol in the area of Trooper and Egypt roads. While at the light, he observed a four-door, tan Pontiac sedan facing east on Egypt Road. The car stopped, according to Kuhnert, about 20 feet from West Trooper Road at the traffic light.
That may not have seemed odd, except the traffic light was green at the time. The officer watched the car stand still for a full cycle of lights before turning onto Egypt to investigate.
“As I was approaching the driver’s side of the Pontiac, the driver began to come to,” said Kuhnert. He observed the driver, William Welch, 39, of the 500 block of North Charlotte Street in Pottstown, to have “very red glassy eyes and a slight odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath.”
According to reports, the police asked Welch where he was coming from, and he replied “Pottstown” in a slurred speech. When asked where he was going to, he again stated “Pottstown.”
“The male had a difficult time gathering his thoughts and was not able to give a logical answer,” said police reports. Police then asked for registration, a driver’s license and proof of insurance, none of which Welch could provide.
Upon running his name, police found Welch had a suspended license. He was asked, according to police, to exit his car and report with police to the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot, where police conducted field sobriety tests.
Welch reportedly could not balance for more than one second on “several separate attempts” and did not walk heel-to-toe as instructed, “stumbling off the line several times.” A preliminary breath test showed Welch to be at a 0.17 percent blood alcohol level.
He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and remanded to Montgomery County Correctional Facility following a chemical blood test withdraw from the emergency room at Einstein of Montgomery Hospital.