State police: Teen who fled was drunk

Failure to heed stop sign allegedly led to attempted traffic stop, flight

IMG_0311On Friday, a Kennett Square driver’s failure to heed a stop sign led to multiple charges, state police from the Avondale barracks said.  For starters, Matthew J. Scott, 18, of Kennett Square, also ignored the attempted traffic stop, leading police on a brief pursuit, state police said. Once Scott was apprehended, troopers found him to be under the influence of alcohol, police said. A preliminary hearing on charges that include fleeing authorities, driving under the influence and underage drinking is scheduled for Aug. 15, according to court records.

Troopers from the Avondale barracks responded to a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 1, south of Rt. 82 in East Marlborough Township, police said. Gabrielle N. Stahl, 21, of Phoenixville, was traveling north when she lost control of her 2010 Suzuki SX4, which slid and then traveled backwards across the median and both southbound lanes before striking the guardrail, police said. Stahl, who was not injured, was cited for speeding, police said.

On July 28 at 4:48 p.m., a traffic stop on U.S. 1 northbound, south of Rt. 82 in East Marlborough Township, led to driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance charges against Christopher R. Culver, 20, of Port Deposit, Md., state police said.

Avondale state police said they stopped Sean A. Joyce, 37, of Middletown, De., on northbound U.S. 1, at Bayard Road in East Marlborough Township, on July 28 at 1:06 a.m. Joyce was arrested for driving under the influence, police said.

A one-vehicle crash in Pocopson Township on Thursday at 11:22 a.m. led to a speeding citation for Melody A. Taylor, 23, of West Grove, police said. Taylor was allegedly traveling north on Lenape Road when she failed to negotiate a curve and struck a utility pole, police said. Taylor sustained minor injury, and her 1995 Chevrolet Lumina had to be towed from the scene, state police said.

A 17-year-old, who was not identified because of her age, caused a two-vehicle crash in the Walmart parking lot in East Marlborough Township on July 31 at 4:40 p.m., police said. The teen failed to heed a stop sign and struck the right front of a 2006 Toyota Rav4, state police said.

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  1. Mamer says:

    At least its not like Florida. bunch of Criminals down here. Miss good ol Chester County

  2. Tired says:

    Seemed to be a busy day in Kennett on the 28th. Out of all of the people traveling that day two people came a long way under the influence in pretty much the same location. Wonder where the party was? Is anyone paying attention to the alarming rate of the deaths, crime and drug activity in this rural community? Wake up people.

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