Man Arrested for DUI Was Driving Without Headlights, Police Say

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Hellertown Police

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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