Lim­er­ick man re­ceives jail sen­tence for sec­ond DUI con­vic­tion.

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr. [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @mont­co­court­news on Twit­ter

NOR­RIS­TOWN >> A Lim­er­ick man is headed to jail for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of a com­bi­na­tion of al­co­hol and drugs in New Hanover, an in­ci­dent, po­lice al­leged, that marked his sec­ond DUI of­fense.

William D. Laf­ferty, 60, of the 100 block of West Ridge Pike, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail af­ter he pleaded guilty to charges of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of a com­bi­na­tion of al­co­hol and drugs and driv­ing un­der sus­pen­sion DUI re­lated in con­nec­tion with a June 2018 in­ci­dent at Romig Road and Swamp Pike in New Hanover.

With the charges, pros­e­cu­tors al­leged Laf­ferty’s blood al­co­hol con­tent was 0.242 per­cent, three times the le­gal driv­ing limit of 0.08 per­cent, and that he had traces of the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent of mar­i­juana in his sys­tem.

New Hanover po­lice also al­leged the in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined Laf­ferty had a sus­pended driver’s li­cense, “DUI re­lated,” at the time of the June 3 in­ci­dent.

Judge Thomas C. Branca also or­dered Laf­ferty to com­plete three years’ pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing pa­role, mean­ing Laf­ferty will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for about five years. The judge, who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the case, said Laf­ferty is el­i­gi­ble for the jail’s work re­lease pro­gram dur­ing his pe­riod of in­car­cer­a­tion.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan about 4 p.m. June 3 when New Hanover po­lice re­ceived a “reck­less driver com­plaint” re­gard­ing a Dodge Car­a­van that was trav­el­ing into on­com­ing traf­fic. Po­lice lo­cated the ve­hi­cle trav­el­ing west­bound in the 2200 block of Swamp Pike, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by New Hanover Po­lice Of­fi­cer Matthew Dean.

Po­lice con­ducted a traf­fic stop at Swamp Pike and Romig Road and iden­ti­fied Laf­ferty as the driver of the sus­pect ve­hi­cle.

“As soon as I came in close prox­im­ity to him I could im­me­di­ately smell an odor of an al­co­holic bev­er­age com­ing from his per­son,” Dean wrote in the ar­rest af­fi­davit, adding Laf­ferty de­nied drink­ing when ini­tially ques­tioned by po­lice.

Po­lice al­leged Laf­ferty sub­se­quently failed field so­bri­ety tests and he was trans­ported to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal due to gen­eral weak­ness. Laf­ferty sub­mit­ted to a blood test, which de­ter­mined the el­e­vated blood al­co­hol limit.

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