Police: Pennsylvania man facing DUI charges arrived at court drunk

TYRONE, Pa. — A central Pennsylvania man is facing charges after police said he drove himself to his court hearing for DUI charges while drunk.

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In a police report, officers said when Lawrence Williams entered the courtroom on Thursday at 11 a.m. he was visibly drunk, with “extremely red, bloodshot eyes,” WTAJ reported. Officers also said they could smell alcohol.

Lawrence was facing charges from an incident on April 22 when his car crashed into a fence. At the time, Williams failed three field sobriety tests and a breath test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.152%, The Altoona Mirror reported. In Pennsylvania, the legal standard is 0.08%.

Williams was previously arrested in August 2021 for crashing into a mailbox while drunk, and in November 2021 for allegedly stumbling drunk around a gas station looking to buy more alcohol, WTAJ reported.

During Thursday’s arraignment, Williams told police he used a rental car to drive himself to court, WTAJ reported. He was then taken to the hospital where tests showed his blood alcohol content was 0.176%, the station reported.

Williams was sent back to jail for both the April 22 and May 5 charges, with bail set at $40,000, The Altoona Mirror reported.