Driver Stuck on RR Tracks Charged with DUI

Police say blood test results show he was more than twice the legal limit for alcohol.

An out-of-town driver took a wrong route recently, landing him on railroad tracks in Macungie, according to .

The action also landed the Orefield man in some hot water when police thought they detected that he was drunk. Test results confirmed the notion, according to police, who said his blood-alcohol content was .20. A driver is considered above the legal limit in Pennsylvania at .08.

Police said that the vehicle driven by Matthew Partel, 34, of 1115 Grove Drive became stuck on the tracks at Church and Lehigh streets at 3:50 a.m. May 4. There is no crossing at the location, and train traffic was stopped until the vehicle was removed.

Partel was charged with driving under the influence after the blood test results were received, police said.

Macungie police also reported the following recent incidents:

Charged: Cassandra Leonard, 19, of 6458 Mountain Road; at 3 p.m. April 30 with harassment for an incident in the parking lot of , 141 W. Main St., police said.

Charged: Keith Pinkerton, 22, of 332 Parkside Drive; at 6:42 p.m. April 26 with public drunkenness following an incident in front of his home, police said.

The above arrest information was supplied by Macungie Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.


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