Man Arrested for DUI Was Driving Without Headlights, Police Say

A New Jersey man is charged with DUI and other offenses after Hellertown Police say he was stopped and allegedly found to be intoxicated while driving without headlights in the 1700 block of Main Street shortly before 9 p.m. March 3.

In a news release, police said Daniel M. Palchanes, 60, of Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County, was also allegedly driving over the speed limit.

Police said Palchanes refused to give a blood sample pursuant to a search warrant, and was thus also “found to be in violation of Obstruction of Justice and Tampering With Evidence,” for which he is charged.

In Pennsylvania, under the state’s implied consent law, anyone who refuses a blood test automatically has their driver’s license suspended for one year, and can also be subject to more serious penalities for a DUI conviction.

According to court documents, Palchanes’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 10 at 3:15 p.m. before District Judge Alan Mege in Lower Saucon Township.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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