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Morrisville Cpl Released from Hosp, Trenton Man Charged for Accident

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Morrisville Borough Police Corporal William Smith was released from the Hospital eary Tuesday and the Trenton Man that rear-ended him was charged with an array of summary offenses, Falls Township authorities said Wednesday,

As previously reported Smith was assisting Falls Township Police with a disabled vehicle on US Route 1 South in the area of Route 32, Morrisville.

Smith’s Police SUV was struck from behind by Juan Martinez, 41 from Trenton, New Jersey, police said.

“While impairment was not a factor in causation, it was determined that Martinez had an active arrest warrant from the Bucks County Sheriff’s Department, for which he was taken into custody,” Lt. Chris Clark said.

The Trenton man currently has one open and active case for DUI, and related offenses,  in Bucks County dating back to 2017.  He is scheduled to appear for a “pre-trial guilty plea conference” on October 26.  He is represented by the public defender’s office.  according to online  court records.

Smith was then transported to Capital Health for evaluation and treatment,officials said.

Smith has over 16 years of law enforcement experience, according to officials, and has served as a firefighter for more then 25 years. He has received several Chief’s awards for heroism and bravery.  He has also been recognized by the Senate of Pennsylvania and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives for exceptional service and dedication to the fire services

Smith,among his most recent felony arrests, is credited with the arrest of a serial thief out of Trenton, who has a long history of preying on Morrisville businesses, according to police and court records.

Chief of Police George McClay said earlier today, Smith is Hoping to be cleared today so he can return to duty.

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Borough officials at Tuesday night’s Council meeting, said Smith was released from the hospital earlier that day. Mayor Brud Anderson noted two officers were injured, on the job, recently, however, he did not provide specific details on those incidents.

Martinez was cited for the following violations:
PA75-1543(b)-Driving Under Suspension DUI Related
PA75-1501(a)-Drivers Required to Be Licensed
PA75-3327(a)1-Duty of Driver in an Emergency Response Area
PA75-3714(a)-Careless Driving
PA75-3361-Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed
PA75-1301(a)-Unregistered Vehicle

PA75-1786(f)-Financial Responsibility

He remains in Bucks County Prison on the Sheriff’s warrant, according to county court records. No hearing date is scheduled at this time.

McClay told Council he suspected Martinez didn’t see Smith because he was on his cell phone.  On impact, he said, the phone went through the front windshield of the Honda, Martinez was driving.

Smith’s Police SUV is “totaled” McClay said noting it’s one of the oldest ones in the fleet and hopes borough insurance  will pay for a brand new one.

McClay added he was  “touched” by the community’s response to the news accident.

“It really touched me to see who cares and knows what’s really going on.”

He said the accident could have had a far worse outcome

“We were lucky, he said, “if he was out of his car, he would have been dead.”

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In related Morrisville news  a new full-time Police officer, William T. McDonald Jr., was sworn in by Anderson at the beginning of Tuesday nights meeting Council meeting.

 

 

Cops, Courts & Fire - Yardley Borough

More than 80 Police Departments across Southeast Pennsylvania to Target Aggressive Drivers during Statewide Mobilization

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that more than 80 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties will join the Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive driving enforcement wave. This collective effort, part of a statewide mobilization running through August 18, is aimed at reducing the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our area roadways, ensuring your safety on the road.

The enforcement wave will target heavy truck violations, pedestrian safety, red light running, and tailgating. Motorists demonstrating unsafe behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions or other aggressive actions, will also be cited.

Law enforcement will utilize strategies such as traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional patrol to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
The enforcement is part of Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Program and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offers these tips:

  • Get out of their way and don’t challenge them.
  • Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact, and ignore rude gestures.
  • Don’t block the passing lane if you drive slower than most traffic.
  • Do not attempt to follow or pursue the vehicle. You or a passenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location.
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    According to 2023 PennDOT crash data, there were 1,363 aggressive driving crashes, resulting in 39 fatalities and 104 suspected serious injuries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Aggressive driving crashes involve at least two aggressive driving factors in the same crash. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless turning or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.

    The goal of targeted enforcement is to reduce the number of aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries, and deaths on roadways throughout the state. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Falls Township

2-Vehicle Accident in Falls Sends 1 to Hospital with Injuries, Cops Say

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What was initially thought to be a vehicle accident  with a motorist trapped and a fire burning  turned out to be a two vehicle accident caused by an improper left turn, police said late Friday in Falls Township.

At approximately 7 p.m. on last night, the Fairless Hills Fire Company – Station 31 was dispatched for  a report of an auto extraction near the exit of Commerce Blvd. to N. Oxford Valley Rd.

Tipsters, commenters and readers said they did not see a fire of any kind in the area of the reported accident.

There was an accident on Oxford Valley Road at Cabot Boulevard,  two vehicles were involved, but no car fire that I’m aware, said Lt Chris Clark

“The fire department responded for entrapment but both drivers were conscious and alert. One driver was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The accident was caused by an improper left turn,” Clark said.

 

 

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Levittown Man Held on Firearm Charges Stemming From Philadelphia Altercation

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A Levittown man who got into verbal altercation in Philadelphia and is forbidden, due to a felony robbery conviction almost 25 years ago, is facing serious charges from Falls  Township Police.

Police were dispatched, on June 24 at approximately 1:30 p.m., to Poplar Lane in Levittown to assist the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD)  with an armed subject investigation, according to court records,. 

The officer said he was informed by PPD that the sole occupant of a white 2020 Honda Odyssey, bearing Pennsylvania registration “JCK 7288”, got into a fight with another subject, pulled a firearm from the rear seat area, and pointed it at the victim. 

The incident occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m. in Philadelphia. FTPD said,  the operator was described to them as a black male, with a beard, wearing a white shirt and black pants, The officer researched the Honda, found it was registered to a Poplar Lane address, and using the a License Plate Reader search  application, he learned the Honda was on Bristol Pike at Levittown Parkway at 1:14 p.m.

The officer said, he arrived at Poplar Lane and Pinewood Drive and observed the Honda parked in the driveway of the Poplar Lane residence. He also observed the subject, later identified as Jamal Harper, 48, entering the driver seat of the Honda, reverse out the driveway, and drive towards the patrol vehicle. The officer exited the patrol vehicle and waved at Harper, who stopped the Honda and spoke to the officer, said the probable cause.

The officer informed Harper of the investigation, which Harper admitted being involved and stated he was approached by a Spanish speaking male who displayed brass knuckles. Harper denied pointing a weapon and  denied possessing any weapons. Twice Harper was asked for his consent for a search of the vehicle and agreed both times.  After opening the rear driver sliding door, the officer observed the rear seat area to be wide open, as it is outfitted for wheelchair accessibility. Directly behind the two front seats, was a camouflage backpack, positioned in the open floor area. The officer opened the backpack, observed a black polymer handgun and multiple glass jars containing suspected marijuana, said FTPD.

Researching Harper’s criminal history, Police learned he was convicted in 1996 of felony robbery in Philadelphia, which Harper confirmed. Harper does not have a valid permit to carry a firearm. The officer re-entered the Honda, took possession of the black polymer handgun and observed it was an authentic 9mm Taurus handgun. The officer ejected the extended magazine and observed it to be fully loaded with 17 9mm rounds. He pulled the slide to the rear and ejected one live round from the chamber, according to the affidavit.

Harper was arraigned on two felony firearm counts and two lesser degree drug offenses  and was released on unsecured bail. His next court date is scheduled for August 6, court documents show.

 

 

 

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