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Cops: Dad was DUI when he came to pick son up for DUI

Luckily, the state police had been so kind as to send over an arrest report this weekend out of Middletown Township, Delaware County, about a father who, you guessed it, was arrested for DUI after he went to the state police's Media barracks to pick up his son, who had been arrested earlier in the night for DUI.

Cops: Dad was DUI when he came to pick son up for DUI

Trying to get a rise out of me on a Monday morning, my fellow Daily Delco blogger, Bill Bender, sent me a story out of central Pennsylvania about a father who was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants after he went to the police station to pick up his son, who'd also been arrested for DUI.

Bill, a Delco native, used the opportunity to point out how people from central Pennsylvania, like myself, are "whack." I'm not denying that, but I did posit that people from Delco are just as "whack" if not "whackier."

Luckily, the state police were so kind as to send over proof in the form of an arrest report this weekend out of Middletown Township, Delaware County, about a father who, you guessed it, was arrested for DUI after he went to the state police's Media barracks to pick up his son, who had himself been arrested earlier in the night for DUI.

According to police, Timothy Smith arrived at the barracks around 10:45 p.m. Saturday and told troopers he was there to pick up his son, who'd been arrested for drunk driving. However, the observant troopers took one whiff of Smith and deduced he'd been imbibing himself, according to a news release.

Smith told troopers that he'd driven from his house in Chadds Ford to the barracks and police told him that, like his son, he was now under arrest for DUI.

Calling drunk people to pick you up from a police station after you've been arrested for DUI isn't as unusual as you'd think. In fact, the same thing happened to Timothy Wright of Wilmington, Del., when he went to pick up a lady friend who'd been arrested for DUI in the early-morning hours of Jan. 15. Instead of telling her to call someone else or a cab, Wright also went to the Media barracks drunk and was himself arrested for DUI, police said.

In other DUI news out of Delco, back on Jan. 24 at around 11 p.m., Eric Lopez, 23, of Kennett Square, became lost in the area of McKenzie's Brew Pub in Concord Township, according to police.

So Lopez, who was drunk and obviously in need of a GPS, knocked on several doors asking for directions, police said. He was later found driving in "an erratic manner" and was arrested for DUI.

On Sunday, when Michael Haynie was pulled over around 2:40 a.m. on the Blue Route in Ridley Township, he ran in to a problem - he had one too many i.d.s, according to police.

He showed troopers one Pennsylvania's driver's license but they found another in his jacket pocket, according to police. Haynie, whose age was not detailed in a news release, told police he wasn't old enough to drink and had used the fake i.d. he showed police to get into a bar earlier in the night, according to court documents. He was then charged with DUI and underage drinking.

Finally in dumb DUI news, back on Jan. 23, Dwight Chestnut was driving drunk along I-95 in Upper Chichester around 12:45 a.m., when he decided a marked state police cruiser was just going to slow for him.

The marked cruiser was traveling at 60 miles per hour and when Chestnut passed the cop, he was clocked at 78 miles per hour, police said. There's no indication from the news release as to whether Chestnut also spit in the wind and tugged on Superman's cape as he sped by, but he was pulled over and arrested for DUI.

About this blog
In The Daily Delco blog, Daily News reporters William Bender and Stephanie Farr dig up all the dirt - from crazy crimes to political malfeasance and everything in between - in Delaware County.

E-mail tips to Bender at benderw@phillynews.com or call him at 215-964-2099. Follow him on Twitter: @wbender99

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