Pottstown Man Faces Charges After Driving Stop

DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP PA – A 35-year-old Pottstown man faces a preliminary arraignment set for Nov. 30 (2020; Monday) on charges brought by the Douglass (Berks) Township Police Department that include drug- and traffic-related offenses, according to court records.

Justin Scott Murray is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Justice Michael Hartman on three separate first-offense counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, careless driving, and disregarding a traffic lane, the records indicate.

The department on Thursday (Nov. 19, 2020), at its CrimeWatch website, reported the charges stem from an incident that occurred Sept. 19 at about 12:30 p.m., in which officers alleged they observed a driver, identified as Murray, “that they knew to be operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license.” Murray also was observed making “other traffic infractions,” the report added, and a traffic stop was completed during which police said they confirmed Murray’s license was suspended.

During police “interaction with Murray, the odor of burnt marijuana was observed,” the report continued. “Field sobriety tests were conducted. Murray was placed under arrest for the suspicion of DUI. Through further investigation, drugs and paraphernalia were located,” the department also alleged.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 9, the records show.

Photo from the Douglass (Berks) Township Police webpage