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Reading Man Faces DUI, Other Charges

SANATOGA PA – A 50-year-old Reading PA man will be charged with driving under the influence, speeding, and driving under suspension, following his arrest in a September incident on westbound U.S. Route 422 in its construction zone near Porter Road, Lower Pottsgrove police announced Monday (Oct. 26, 2015) in a press release.

Facing charges is Darin David Speck, according to Ofc. Matthew Musselman.

Musselman reported he was on patrol Sept. 24 at 2:04 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle speeding in the construction zone. The officer used a timing device mounted on his patrol car to track the vehicle’s speed at 63 miles per hour in the 40 mph zone. He stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, later identified at Speck.

Speck allegedly had “the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person,” Musselman said, and the officer also claimed the driver’s eyes were “blood shot and glassy.” He alleged Speck admitted to drinking. Speck was given several DUI-related field sobriety tests, which Musselman reported he failed. He was placed under arrest and transported to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where his blood was drawn.

Tests on the blood, which were received Monday by the police department, indicate Speck had a blood alcohol content level of .088 percent, and that on the night of the stop he also had three different medications in his system, according to the release.

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