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State Police Arrested 330 For DUI During Holiday

December 28, 2018

HARRISBURG

Troopers arrested 330 for DUI during Christmas holiday

Pennsylvania State Police troopers arrested 330 people, including nine locally by Troop P, for driving under the influence during the four-day Christmas holiday from Dec. 22 through Dec. 25.

The total represents an increase from the 243 DUI arrests made during the 2017 Christmas holiday driving period, which spanned three days.

State police investigated 622 crashes over the long holiday weekend, including 54 collisions involving alcohol. Six people were killed in five fatal crashes investigated by PSP.

In addition to DUI enforcement, troopers issued 2,460 speeding citations, 289 seat belt citations, and 58 child safety seat citations.

— STAFF REPORT

POTTSTOWN

Officer sings carol, ending standoff

A Pennsylvania police department has a new weapon in its arsenal — famed crooner Bing Crosby.

Chester County officers responded to a report of an armed man barricaded in a home near Pottstown at about 9 p.m. on Christmas.

Police say 34-year-old Nathaniel Lewis locked himself in the home with his estranged wife and fired at police and SWAT officers.

Law enforcement officials say the standoff ended after an officer sang “White Christmas” to Lewis over the phone.

The county prosecutor says he took Christmas cookies to the officers to boost morale during the nine-hour standoff.

Lewis is facing multiple charges of attempted homicide.

— ASSOCIATED PRESS

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