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Police Log: Hit-and-Run, DUI, Theft

The following was reported by the Lower Moreland Police Department.

June 18 – DUI

  • Area of Heaton Rd. & Rhoades Dr.

Joseph Mullen, 46, of Warminster, has DUI charges pending after being involved in an accident. One witness called LMPD to report that a Jeep Liberty had struck a utility pole and felt the driver may leave the scene.

The witness approached Mullen and asked if he needed assistance. Mullen said he hit a deer, and the witness called police and remained on scene.

Police arrived and while speaking to Mullen it detected the odor of alcohol. He was unsteady on his feet and continually moved around while talking to police, according to the report. Mullen failed to satisfactorily complete field sobriety tests and police learned he had prescription drugs. Police believed he was under the influence and was incapable of safely operating a car.

June 16 – DUI

  • 3800 block of Pine Rd.

Police received a call of a hit-and-run involving a struck mailbox with a driver in a silver, Ford Escape. An officer near the area saw the SUV drift over the white fog line nearly striking several trees along the right side of the road. When the officer activated his lights to pull the driver over, the operator opened her door and stuck her head out the window.

The officer advised the driver, Michelle Ashe, 50, of Huntingdon Valley, to close the door, but then saw the driver drop a glass object the passenger window where it shattered on the pavement. The object was recognized as a crack pipe, which still had a compressed piece of charred/Brillo screen inserted into one of the larger pieces of the broken pipe. The driver denied dropping the pipe from the vehicle.

The driver admitted that she hit something while driving, but claimed she pulled over after striking an unknown object. The passenger side mirror was missing from her car, and it was later discovered on Pine Road.

Ashe failed field sobriety tests and registered a .13% BAC.

June 13 – Theft

  • 3500 block of Cranberry Dr.

Darren Smith, 43, of Huntingdon Valley, called LMPD to report numerous items were taken from his car over the last two weeks. Smith said his silver Honda Element was parked in his driveway since Saturday, June 2.

Smith said that a 5-gallon jar of coins and cash, totaling around $2,000, was missing, along with two “Samson” wireless microphones ($200 each), and a Dell laptop ($750) was taken. There were no signs of forced entry and it was likely left unlocked.

June 13 – Theft

  • 3600 block of Glen Way

A local resident called LMPD to report that she found numerous items laying on the street during her morning jog. There was paperwork; frequent shopper cards and a clear plastic wallet insert containing photos of children.

Some of the property belongs to Diane Zeldich, 39, of Jamison, who was sleeping at her boyfriend’s house on Glen Way. Zeldich said she left her unlocked Infiniti G35X parked in the driveway. The following items were taken:

  • Chase Visa credit card
  • Chase Visa credit card
  • TD Bank Visa Card
  • PA’s Driver’s License
  • Silver medium sized purse
  • Black/gold Juicy Couture wallet
  • One white/yellow gold ring; 7 rings soldered together, with diamonds
  • TD Bank check book
  • US Passport for her daughter

Other items found on the street at the 3400 block of Surrey Rd. belonged to Thomas James, 56, of Huntingdon Valley, and his son, Ryan James, 28, of the 400 block of Pheasant Drive.

Thomas had an iPad, iTouch and $150 taken from his car while Ryan was missing his iPad and an unknown pair of men’s sunglasses.

Mike July 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM
REFUSE SOBRIETY TESTS if pulled over, but you must take the breathalizer or give blood if requested. You HAVE the right, WITHOUT penalty, to refuse a set of tests that many SOBER people cannot do.

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