Police Name Individuals Arrested at DUI Checkpoint
Hellertown Police have released the names of some of the individuals arrested at an Aug. 4-5 DUI checkpoint. The checkpoint, which was set up at Route 412 and the on-ramp to eastbound I-78, was blamed for causing a traffic jam.
In press releases issued Tuesday and Wednesday, Hellertown Police named some of the individuals arrested for DUI at a checkpoint conducted Aug. 4-5 in the 1700 block of Main Street, near the on-ramp to I-78 East.
In addition to numerous arrests, the DUI checkpoint was reponsible for some controversy, as it reportedly contributed to a traffic jam between Bethlehem's Sands casino and the busy interchange.
The checkpoint was conducted during the first weekend of Musikfest, and was a joint effort led by Lower Saucon Township Police.
Hellertown and Freemansburg Police also participated in the effort.
According to borough authorities, the following persons were charged:
- Terry Ann Richards, 49, of the 300 block of Bloomsbury Road, Bloomsbury, Pa., with DUI. Police said Richards' blood alcohol content (BAC) was determined to be .10 percent.
- Richard Joseph Mercaldi, 46, of the 400 block of Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., with DUI. Police said Mercaldi's BAC was determined to be .14 percent.
- Edward Holahan, 59, of the 700 block of Whistle Stop Lane, Quakertown, with DUI. Police said Holahan's BAC was determined to be .20 percent.
- Carlos Juan Cintron Jr., 26, of the 1200 block of East Third Street, Bethlehem, with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (cocaine) and DAI (general impairment). Police said Cintron was found to be under the influence of alcohol but refused chemical testing. Police also said Cintron was "found to be in possession of a large amount of cocaine."