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WPD Reports: Suspected DUI Driver Plows into Farm Fence

Weekly Whitemarsh Police reports.

All information is according to official police reports filed at the Whitemarsh Township Police Department. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

DUI accident:
At approximately 1:41 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, police were dispatched to the intersection of Flourtown Road and Stenton Avenue for the report of a car accident. Upon arrival, a responding officer found that a 2010 Nissan had veered off the roadway and destroyed approximately 80 feet of fence along a nearby farm, littering the scene with debris.

Police then spoke with Jeffrey Hurtado, 33, of the 8000 block of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, who admitted to driving the vehicle and drinking that night, police said. Hurtado then failed several field sobriety tests and registered a .154 BAC on a breathalyzer test, a report said.

Hurtado was transported to a nearby hospital where he consented to have his blood drawn, police said. Charges are pending lab results.

Underage drinking:
At approximately 4:24 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, a police officer on patrol near the 4000 block of Joshua Road observed a pedestrian stumbling along the roadway, a police report said.

The officer identified the individual as a 20-year-old Lafayette Hill resident and detected the odor of alcohol on his person, a report said. The man then admitted to drinking earlier in the night and told the officer he was walking back to a family member’s residence after getting a sandwich from a nearby Wawa.

The suspect will be cited by mail for underage drinking, the report said. He was about 40 days shy of his 21st birthday.

Soliciting without a permit:
At approximately 11:07 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, a resident of the 4000 block of Dana Lane, Lafayette Hill, reported to police that there were several individuals in the area going door-to-door selling basement waterproofing. Police located an individual, who assured them he was in compliance with the township’s soliciting ordinance and was sent on his way, a report said.

Fraud:
At approximately 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, a resident of the 4000 block of Arbour Circle, Lafayette Hill, reported to police that an unauthorized person had used her U.S. Airways Mastercard to make a fraudulent purchase of $793.94 at a Walmart in Easton, Pa. The woman was fully reimbursed for the loss but was told by her bank to report the incident to police.

Fraud:
At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, a resident of the 100 block of Wildflower Drive, Plymouth Meeting, reported to police that he believed he was the victim of identity theft.

According to the resident, he received a call from a collections agency regarding an overdue DirecTV bill. However, the man did not ever own DirecTV, and was told by the company that someone opened an account in Cleveland, Ohio using his name and social security number.

The man disputed the charges but was required to file a police report as part of the complaint. Police advised him to further check his credit ratings for other fraudulent and past due charges.

  • View our previous report: Pair of DUI Accidents

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