Woman Faces Habitual DUI Offender Charge

SANATOGA PA – A Pottstown woman will be required to appear in the Sanatoga courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr. to face a charge of being a habitual driving-under-the-influence offender, following her DUI arrest late last month on U.S. Route 422 westbound, Lower Pottsgrove police reported Friday morning (Sept. 11, 2015).

Police say they arrested Beth Magette of Pottstown (her street address and age were not specified) on Aug. 28 at 2:40 a.m. after she allegedly was “observed driving in a reckless manner” and was stopped on 422 near Armand Hammer Boulevard, according to a police department press release.

Ofc. James Kenney added he later determined Magette has been the subject of four earlier DUI convictions, and six earlier convictions for driving with a suspended license. That prompted the habitual offender charge, in addition to charges of DUI, careless driving, driving while suspended (DUI-related), and roadways zoned for traffic.

If convicted on the habitual offender charge, Kenney said, Magette’s license could be revoked.

According to the release, after Magette was stopped Kenney alleged that her speech was “slowed and slurred,” and her eyes were “bloodshot and glassy;” and that there was a “strong smell of alcohol coming from her vehicle.” He also said she “admitted to consuming an alcoholic beverage after her shift at a local bar.”

Magette failed a field sobriety test, Kenney alleged. A later breathalyzer test administered by the Pottstown Police Department, to which she was transported, allegedly indicated her blood alcohol content significantly exceeded Pennsylvania’s legal limit.

A court date was not specified.

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