Cops: Motorists help Murrysville police locate suspected intoxicated driver
Concerned motorists helped direct Murrysville police to an alleged drunken driver who also is accused of possessing a “fist-sized” plastic bag of cocaine and two bags of marijuana.
Warren R. Weimer Jr., 37, of Latrobe, was arrested at the Sheetz station on Route 22 at School Road South about 11:45 p.m. Friday on multiple criminal charges.
Police got a report of an eastbound motorist “swerving between both lanes” of the highway about 11:30 p.m., Officer David Lepovsky said.
Callers said the suspect’s 2010 Honda sedan had pulled into the gas station parking lot. When Lepovsky arrived, he said he noticed Weimer’s car parked “cockeyed” and Weimer was exiting the store “with a staggered gait.”
Lepovsky alleges in court documents Weimer “appeared disoriented” and smelled of marijuana. When the officer asked for Weimer’s driver’s license, Lepovsky said he was first given a medical marijuana card and then the license.
When Lepovsky pointed out a plastic bag lying on the passenger seat containing suspected marijuana, he reported in court documents Weimer admitted he had smoked some of it. Weimer told police that he has the medical marijuana card.
“I told him that the card does not cover marijuana for smoking. I informed him that I believed he was in no condition to drive,” Lepovsky said.
When officers attempted to put Weimer in handcuffs, police said he resisted arrest.
Police discovered a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine on the passenger side floor and a second bag containing marijuana inside the glove compartment. Police also seized $970 Weimer was carrying.
Weimer was arraigned before night court District Judge Helen Kistler on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the county jail after failing to post $25,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 10 before Export District Judge Charles R. Conway.
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .