DUI arrests increase over July 4th holiday

Phil­adelphia po­lice locked up 66 mo­tor­ists, in­clud­ing one off-duty cop, for driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence dur­ing the In­de­pend­ence Day peri­od from Ju­ly 3 to 8, while loc­ally based Pennsylvania State Po­lice ar­res­ted an­oth­er 25 mo­tor­ists for the same of­fense.

Pub­lished re­ports iden­ti­fied the sus­pect cop as Eu­gene Daniel, 53, of the 16th Po­lice Dis­trict in West Philly. Daniel al­legedly was in­volved in a car crash at North 33rd Street and Gir­ard Av­en­ue shortly after 9 p.m. on Ju­ly 5. Para­med­ics took two people to area hos­pit­als as a res­ult of the crash. Their in­jur­ies were not life-threat­en­ing. Daniel was charged with DUI, crim­in­al mis­chief and simple as­sault.

Ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice, the 66 DUI ar­rests all were made through “routine traffic stops,” rather than DUI check­points or tar­geted en­force­ment. The de­part­ment re­cor­ded 76 DUI ar­rests for the same peri­od last year.

The state po­lice tally covered Ju­ly 3 through 7. Troop­ers in­vest­ig­ated 88 vehicle crashes in the three counties, which res­ul­ted in 25 in­jur­ies and two deaths. Six crashes were al­co­hol-re­lated. Troop­ers is­sued 961 traffic cita­tions, in­clud­ing 314 for speed­ing and 25 DUIs. ••

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