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Deer, pot pipe precede arrests

West Whiteland Township Police made two drunken-driving arrests this week after observing examples of impairment.

Deer, pot pipe precede arrests

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 West Whiteland Township Police made two driving-under-the-influence arrests this week after observing examples of impairment.    In the first case, police said David Noonan, 31, of Downingtown, lost control of his vehicle on the Exton Bypass Saturday at 1:30 a.m. while trying to avoid a deer.  When officers arrived to investigate the crash, they detected evidence of intoxication and issued a series of field sobriety tests.  Noonan failed those tests and was placed under arrest for DUI.  He was taken to the Chester County Hospital to have blood drawn for BAC analysis, after which he was booked and released to await a summons from the Exton District Court, police said. A 17-year-old West Chester youth was arrested for driving while intoxicated Tuesday in the Exton Station development.  According to police, a patrol officer heard a crash and saw a vehicle travel over a curb and sidewalk.  The vehicle came back onto the roadway and nearly struck the police car.  The officer stopped the driver and immediately detected an odor of marijuana coming from the car and the operator.  Subsequent investigation resulted in the discovery of a bag of marijuana and a smoking pipe.  The driver was placed under arrest for DUI, taken to the Chester County Hospital for blood withdrawal, booked, and released to a parent.  Charges have been filed with juvenile authorities.    

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or awhelan@philly.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.

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