Stuck car leads to DUI arrest

A Huntingdon County man faces charges after Tyrone police allegedly found him drunk behind the wheel of a Corvette that was stuck on railroad tracks.

Joshua C. Burwell, 25, of Warriors Mark, was arrested Sunday afternoon at West 12th Street and Washington Avenue after Tyrone police responded to a report of a Chevrolet Corvette stuck on the railroad tracks.

It was about 3:30 p.m., and witnesses said the driver of the Corvette was “racing up and down Washington Avenue and then lost control of the vehicle and ended up stuck on the tracks,” Tyrone police Officer Jessica Walk noted in charges filed Friday in Tyrone District Court.

The Bald Eagle Nittany railroad track runs down the middle of Washington Avenue in that area.

The bystanders also told police the driver, who turned out to be Burwell, wasn’t talking to anyone and they suspected he may have been under the influence of something.

Burwell was still behind the wheel and the engine was running when Walk approached. The car had a strong smell of alcohol, and Burwell was hard to understand when he spoke and seemed lethargic with bloodshot eyes, police contend.

Police allege Burwell was so drunk that his speech was slurred to the point he couldn’t answer the officer when he was asked his name and he could not stand without help.

Police skipped the field sobriety test.

Burwell, who police said urinated on himself while sitting on the curb in handcuffs, was identified through his driver’s license and the car was towed from the tracks.

A blood test at Tyrone Regional Health Network showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.259 percent, police noted in the charges.

Burwell was released to a family member and is now charged with DUI and several traffic violations.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Sept. 11 before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller.


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