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A Philadelphia Man Charged for DUI in Lower Gwynedd

A Philadelphia man has been charged with DUI after hitting a pole in Lower Gwynedd.

A Philadelphia man has be charged with DUI in connection with an Aug. 25 incident in Lower Gwynedd.

According the the affidavit of probable cause, on August 25, at approximately 11:45 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of DeKalb Pike and Swedesford Rd. for a report of a vehicle accident with injuries. 

According to court documents, upon arrival, the officer observed a red Ford Tempo with substantial damage resting against a PECO telephone pole.

The driver, Sheldon Allen, of Philadelphia, was standing with the vehicle and was very agitated and cursing, yelling, hitting and kicking the vehicle. 

When the officer asked what happened in the accident, Allen allegedly stated he swerved to avoid an animal and didn't know what happened next.

According to court documents, prior to the vehicle coming to rest against the PECO pole, the vehicle struck three mailboxes, a home sign, and another telephone pole. 

While talking with Allen, the officer allegedly detected an odor of what appeared to be alcoholic beverage emanating from his person. Allen was unable to follow directions or stand still and was pacing around the accident scene striking the vehicle with his hands. 

Due to being transported by ambulance, to the hospital, field sobriety tests were not performed on Allen. 

According to court documents, at Abington Hospital, the officer again asked Allen what happened in the accident and Allen stated a car was coming toward him in both lanes and he swerved to avoid it.

A blood sample was taken at Abington Hospital, and lab analysis showed that Allen allegedly  had a .199% blood alcohol content.

According to court documents, a week after the incident, the officer received a phone call from a homeowner who sustained property damage reporting that he attempted to contact Sheldon's insurance company and was told he did not have a valid police, nor has he ever had one with Liberty Mutual, as was listed on his insurance information.

A preliminary hearing for Allen is scheduled for Oct. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at District Court 38-1-21 in front of District Judge Robert Sobeck.

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