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Pa. Man Arrested For DUI Is Even More Drunk On 2nd Charge The Same Day: Cops
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Pa. Man Arrested For DUI Is Even More Drunk On 2nd Charge The Same Day: Cops

The first time a 26-year-old Pa. man was stopped for DUI, his blood alcohol level was 0.156 percent. Later that same day on a second stop, it had soared to 0.249 percent, cops say.

As TribLive and the Butler Eagle report, the double DUI suspect is Jonathan Joseph Dillingham, 26, of Butler County.

His first stop occurred around 3:30 a.m. June 1, as Pa. state police stopped his minivan because it was missing its front bumper.

But police say Dillingham smelled strongly of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his speech was slurred, and an open, 16-ounce can of beer was behind the driver’s seat.

That’s when his blood-alcohol content measured at 0.156%, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08%, according to state police.

Later that same day, Butler police received a complaint about someone in a minivan driving erratically, TribLive writes, adding:

City police said they found the minivan in a bank parking lot and Dillingham and a woman were inside the vehicle.

Upon contact with Dillingham, a city officer said he detected a strong odor of alcohol and Dillingham had slurred speech and glassy, bloodshot eyes.

The complaint said the officer saw two open cans of beer and a clear plastic bag of marijuana in the center console.

When the officer ordered Dillingham out of the vehicle, he “made an unsolicited statement that he had been drinking all day,” the complaint said.

Dillingham was arrested for DUI after allegedly being unable to complete field sobriety tests.

And that is when his blood-alcohol content later measured at 0.249 percent, more than three times the legal limit.

Meanwhile, a search of the vehicle turned up two small crack rocks and a glass crack pipe in the front passenger side door.

After all this, Dillingham is facing dual DUI counts, as well as drug and traffic offense charges. He is scheduled for preliminary hearings on July 8 before Judge William T. Fullerton in Butler County.