Limerick man receives jail sentence for second DUI conviction.
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.