Tyrone man allegedly drove while intoxicated to DUI arraignment
A Tyrone man is behind bars accused of driving himself to his arraignment on DUI charges while intoxicated.
Police said Lawrence E. Williams, 58, was “visibly intoxicated” when he showed up to his arraignment Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on DUI and related charges stemming from an April 22 accident when he crashed his car into a fence at Route 865 and East Fifth Street, Bellwood.
According to an affidavit of probable cause in the April 22 case, Williams failed three field sobriety tests and was taken to the Hollidaysburg Police Department for a breath test that came back 0.152% blood alcohol content. The legal standard in Pennsylvania is 0.08%. He also told an officer he was on probation for two previous DUI charges.
Blair County Adult Probation notified Tyrone police May 5 when Williams showed up intoxicated for a hearing on the April 22 charges. Williams said he drove himself there and had keys to a rental vehicle in his pocket.
Tyrone police noted Williams had “extremely red, bloodshot eyes” and the officer was able to smell alcohol upon entering the courtroom.
Williams was taken to Penn Highlands Tyrone Hospital where blood test results showed he had a BAC of 0.176%.
Later Williams was returned to court to face charges for both his April 22 and May 5 charges. Combined bail for both was set at $40,000 and Williams was remanded to the Blair County Prison.