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Several arrests made for DUI involving marijuana; Segway stolen: Area Police Roundup

Posted 10/11/17

A Londonderry Township man was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana after being pulled over at Ann and West Main streets in Middletown for a faulty registration light at about 2:35 …

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Several arrests made for DUI involving marijuana; Segway stolen: Area Police Roundup

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A Londonderry Township man was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana after being pulled over at Ann and West Main streets in Middletown for a faulty registration light at about 2:35 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7.

Borough police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the car driven by Andrew Tyler Frederick, 25, of the 1100 block of Foxianna Road, according to court papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

A lab analysis of blood drawn from Frederick showed that he had THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, in his system at the time of his arrest, police said.

Frederick was arraigned before Judy and charged with DUI of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and public drunkenness and similar misconduct. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Arrest after multi-car accident 

A Virginia man was arrested by Middletown police following an accident at East Main and North Pine streets just before 2:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18.

A car driven by Alexander Gerado Lopez-Mendez, 22, of North Chesterfield, hit one vehicle which was then pushed into a third vehicle, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy. 

The third vehicle was then pushed into a fourth vehicle by the force of the impact, police said.

A witness told police that he saw Alexander after the accident remove both the front and rear license plates from his car, and then got back into the car to retrieve items from the glove box. 

When police apprehended him, Alexander had stuck the two license plates down his shirt, as well as insurance information and other vehicle documents, police said. 

Police said that Alexander appeared intoxicated and kicked an emergency medical worker who had responded to provide treatment. Alexander also spat on the EMS crew, police said.

Police were going to file a search warrant to obtain blood alcohol results from Alexander, according to court papers.

Lopez-Mendez was arraigned before Judy and charged with DUI, driving without a license, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, and careless driving.

Lopez-Mendez waived his preliminary hearing on Sept. 28, sending all charges to Dauphin County Court. He is to be arraigned in county court on Nov. 3.

Lopez-Mendez is being held in Dauphin County Prison on $35,000 bail.

Speeding through accident scene

A Hummelstown woman was arrested by Middletown police after police said she drove a black Mercedes Benz through an active accident emergency scene without pulling over.

Police said that Hayley Elizabeth Ruane, 20, of the 200 block of North Duke Street, sped through the accident scene at North Union and East Water streets shortly after 4 p.m. Sept. 17, turned left onto West Water Street and was then seen running stop signs at North Spring and North Catherine streets.

Ruane and a passenger, who police said was intoxicated, were later seen standing on the porch of a residence in the 200 block of South Scott Avenue. Police said that Ruane told them she fled the scene because her license was suspended and her passenger was “drunk,” according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Ruane was arraigned before Judy and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, recklessly endangering another person, failure to yield, reckless driving, failing to obey commands in an emergency response area, and driving while under suspension. She was released after posting $15,000 bail.

Ruane waived her preliminary hearing before Judy on Sept. 28. All charges were sent forward to Dauphin County Court, except the recklessly endangering another person charge, which was withdrawn.

Ruane is to be arraigned in county court on Nov. 3.

DUI for drugs in her system

Middletown police charged a borough woman with driving under the influence after she was pulled over in the area of South Union and Susquehanna streets shortly before 3 a.m. Aug. 14.

Teresa Mary Moore, 54, of the 400 block of Apple Avenue, had morphine and oxycodone in her system at the time, according to lab results of a blood draw, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Moore was arraigned before Judy and charged with DUI of a controlled substance, and driving on the wrong side of the road. Her preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 8.

Man charged with DUI

Middletown police arrested a borough man for DUI and other charges after he was pulled over for driving erratically shortly after 2:15 a.m. Sept. 2.

Police started following Benjamin James Joseph Walsh, 26, of the 300 block of North Union Street, after he was seen stopping where there is no stop sign near South Wood and East Emaus streets, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Walsh after parking threw from his vehicle a container that contained a substance Walsh was inhaling to do “whip-its,” police said. Police also found marijuana in Walsh’s car.

Lab results of blood drawn from Walsh showed that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.126 percent and also had THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, in his system at the time, police said.

Walsh was arraigned before Judy and charged with DUI and DUI of a controlled substance, and inhaling toxic releasing substances. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 2.

Man charged with assault

Middletown police charged a Hummelstown man with simple assault after police said he beat a man at a residence in the borough Aug. 30.

Nicholas Paul Miller, 25, of the 100 block of North Walnut Street, allegedly assaulted the victim during a fight at a residence in the 200 block of Scott Avenue, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Miller is charged with simple assault, harassment, and criminal mischief. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 2.

Vehicles entered, nothing taken

Middletown residents are again being advised to lock their vehicles, following recent reports by borough police of several vehicles being entered but nothing being stolen from inside.

Two such incidents reported to police on Sept. 21 involved vehicles that were entered in the area of Interfaith Apartments in the 100 block of Mill Street.

Police also received a report of someone breaking into a black Dodge Ram 1500 pickup parked in the 100 block of Spruce Street between 10 p.m. Sept. 20 and 9 a.m. Sept. 21. Again, the owner reported nothing was stolen.

GPS stolen from vehicle

A Garman GPS system valued at $60 was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Spring Street.

The offense was reported to Middletown police on Sept. 21. The vehicle was left unlocked, police said.

Tractor-trailer causes damage

Middletown police are seeking information regarding a tractor-trailer truck that damaged a traffic light post on the northwest corner of East Main and Vine streets. 

The incident was reported to police as a hit-and-run just before 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. A borough employee saw the vehicle leaving the scene, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 717-902-0627.

Segway stolen from residence

A Segway Mini-Pro valued at about $700 was reported stolen from inside of a residence in the first block of East Roosevelt Avenue in Middletown.

The item was taken from inside the living room of the residence sometime between Sept. 4 and Sept. 11. The residence was not broken into, police said.


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