On May 29, 2019 at 1927 hours, an Officer from the West Manchester Township Police Department was on patrol in a marked patrol unit. Due to severe weather consisting of high winds and thunderstorms there were numerous trees and wires down in the area. The Officer was checking the area of Wolfs Church Road in West Manchester Township when he noticed a large downed tree ahead blocking both lanes of travel in the 4100 block of Wolfs Church Road. The Officer noticed a red vehicle underneath the downed tree facing east in the west bound lane. The Officer spoke with witnesses on scene who advised they were on their front lawn along the roadway. The witness’s stated they were with some other neighbors and they were attempting to alert approaching motorists of the traffic hazard ahead. The witness’s stated suddenly a red sedan traveling east on Wolfs Church Road failed to slow for their warning and drove right into the downed tree. The witness’s stated the vehicle became disabled/stuck in the debris and the driver was attempting to get out by accelerating backwards and forwards. The witness’s stated the female driver eventually exited the vehicle was standing in the grass on the side of the road. The witness’s stated they stood by until the Officer arrived and identified the driver of the red sedan as the female standing in the grass. The witness’s indicated they felt the driver was possibly intoxicated.
The Officer spoke with the driver who identified herself as Marilyn A. Miele, with a PA driver’s license. Miele stated she was traveling east in the 4100 block of Wolfs Church Road and noticed some people in the yards waving their hands. Miele stated she was distracted by the people and never saw the downed tree ahead. Miele stated she was not injured and did not need EMS to respond. As the Officer spoke with Miele, he noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath. Initially the Officer asked Miele if she had consumed alcohol recently and she stated no. Eventually Miele admitted she drank one glass of wine with dinner around 1730 hours. The Officer gave Miele a PBT test which confirmed the presence of alcohol.
The Officer then requested Miele perform field sobriety tests. The SFST’s were performed and Miele showed signs of impairment.
Miele was transported to Central Booking for a blood test. While at Central Booking the Officer read verbatim Penndot form DL-26B (1-18) to Miele. Miele signed the form stating she was advised of the chemical testing warnings. Miele consented to the blood draw and blood was drawn from her arm at 2044 hours.
On June 12, 2019 the Officer received a copy of the NMS Labs Toxicology Report dated June 8, 2019. The report indicated a BAC result of .089%.
Based on the information above, Marilyn Ann Miele was charged with 2 counts of DUI and 1 Traffic Violation.