Incident Blotter October 16 - October 30

On 10-16-20 at 2:09 AM, Officer Austin Gallagher conducted a vehicle stop at South Sproul and Crum Creek Rds.  Gallagher stopped the vehicle for failing to maintain a single travel lane.  Ofc. Gallagher seized pipes used for smoking marijuana and methamphetamine from inside the car. The driver admitted to having recently smoked methamphetamine and exhibited signs of impairment.  The driver, a 34-year-old male from Upper Darby, was transported to the hospital and submitted to a blood test.  Gallagher charged the driver with DUI and drug offenses. 


On 10-16-2020 at 3:20 PM, Police took a report of a scam.  An employee of a local business received an email that appeared to have come from their boss.  The email instructed the 'employee' to purchase $1000 worth of gift cards and send the card activation information back to the 'boss.'  This is a common scam, and residents are urged to call their employers to verify the email if they receive a similar request. 


On 10/16/2020 at 10:57 PM, Officer Matt Smith conducted a vehicle stop at Springfield Rd and Latches Ln after observing the vehicle driving erratically.  The vehicle had an expired registration, and Officer Smith recognized the operator as having a suspended license.  During the traffic stop, Officer Smith believed that the female driver, 38 years old from Broomall, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and requested the operator to submit to field sobriety tests.  Smith transported the driver to a hospital, where she submitted to a blood test. Charges for DUI are pending.


On 10-22-20 at 1:08 PM, Officer Dan Gerrity attempted to stop a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign.  The vehicle's operator did not pull over, leading police on a slow-speed pursuit for approximately 2 miles before being boxed in by other police vehicles.  The driver, a 32-year-old male from West Chester, showed signs of impairment.   The driver refused to consent to have blood drawn.  Gerrity charged the operator with driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding, and traffic charges. 


On 10-26-20 at 2:12 PM, Officer Austin Gallagher responded to the Walmart Store for an extremely intoxicated person, a 69-year-old male from Chester.  The subject had drunk a half bottle of vodka and required medical attention.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment, and Gallagher filed a citation for public drunkenness. 


On 10-27-20 at 12:04 AM, Officer Dan Gerrity and Officer Brian Niedelman observed a vehicle driving erratically at Lawrence Rd and S Sproul Rd.  Gerrity and Niedelman stopped the car in the 2000 block of S Sproul Road.  The driver, a 25-year-old female from Paoli, exhibited signs of impairment.  After performing field sobriety tests, the female was transported to a hospital where she submitted to a blood test. Charges for DUI are pending.


On 10-27-20, between 7:00 and 8:00 AM, Police received two reports of bicycles stolen from within the Township.  Shortly after the second theft was reported, police received a report of a suspicious black male riding a bicycle around the buildings.  The description of the bike that the black male was riding matched the description of one of the stolen bikes.  The other stolen bicycle was located near the dumpsters at the Governor Sproul Apartments.  On 10-30-20, Officers Tom Giannantonio and Joe Varacalli observed a black male riding a bike on Lawrence Rd.  The bike matched the description of one of the bikes reported stolen.  Giannantonio and Varacalli stopped the bicyclist, a 19-year-old male from Yeadon.  The actor admitted to having stolen both of the bikes.  Theft charges were filed.


On 10-30-20 at 12:35 PM, Officer Dan Gerrity responded to the 800 block of Springfield Rd for a report of a disorderly male carrying a large rock.  Witnesses reported that the male appeared intoxicated and approached local business patrons, causing concern for their safety as his intentions with his rock were unknown.  Officer Gerrity located the 60-year-old Broomall resident and observed that he could not stand without assistance and admitted to recently drinking vodka and lemonade.  The actor was transported to the police station, where he was kept until sober and released with a citation for public drunkenness.