Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion Township, PA — A Lower Merion Police officer arrested an Upper Darby man on January 20, 2019, after a traffic stop confirmed the car the man was driving had been reported as stolen, said police officials.
At 2:37 PM a Lower Merion Police Officer was observing traffic from the McDonald’s parking lot at 1251 W. Lancaster Avenue. Something about a Honda Accord drew the officer’s attention, according to police reports. Checking the license number confirmed the officer's suspicion: The car was reported stolen from Upper Darby, PA.
The officer pulled the vehicle over and arrested Rashiem Wilson, 19, of 220 S Madison Avenue in Upper Darby.
“Exit the vehicle and keep your hands visible,” stated the Police officer when making the arrest.
The vehicle was searched and questions asked and answered. There were two other occupants of the vehicle but only Wilson was arrested. LMPD arranged for the vehicle to be towed to the Police Impound Lot.
Wilson was arrested, handcuffed, advised of his rights and transported to the Lower Merion Public Safety building which houses the LMPD.
Wilson entered the police building using a sallyport — an entry to the secure lock-up facility that allows for only one door to be open and the other doors remain closed and locked.
Wilson was fingerprinted and checked for visible tattoos that could be used by tattoo recognition software. Wilson's data was entered into a system that checks nationally for warrants or charges that are outstanding anywhere in the country.
Wilson’s charges include a 3rd class felony for receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, which is a second-degree misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance a misdemeanor, possession of Marijuana a misdemeanor and use/possession of Drug paraphernalia.
Wilson also received a citation for driving without a license. and other related traffic offenses.
At 8:25 that evening Wilson went in front of District Judge Gregory Scott. Scott set bail at $50,000 and Wilson was released on a signature bond. He must appear before Judge Henry J. Schireson on February 1, 2019.
Wilson was released after the hearing.
The Upper Darby PD was notified of the vehicle recovery and arrest.
The other two occupants of the Honda were released earlier with no charges filed.
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