Jul 30, 2014

Baldwin Police Arrest Man After Motorcycle Accident

And four other stories in these borough police notes, including another involving a motorcycle.

Baldwin Police Arrest Man After Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle, Part I

A Baldwin Borough police officer went to the 400 block of Grace Street at around 8:06 p.m. on Nov. 11 for a report of a man who fell off of his motorcycle there.

When the officer arrived, he observed the biker—Joseph Micha Martin, 63, who lives on that street—pushing his vehicle to the side of the road with the assistance of two bystanders, according to a police report.

The officer asked Martin what happened, and Martin said that his black Harley Davidson had stalled, causing him to fall off.

The officer reported smelling alcohol on Martin's breath and that Martin admitted to recently drinking alcohol. He then put Martin through field-sobriety tests, which he failed, before arresting him and taking him to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for a blood test (results pending).

Martin was eventually taken home and released to the custody of his wife. He is being charged with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Missing License Plate at Liotus

An assistant manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car notified the Baldwin Borough Police Department on Nov. 6 at around 11:05 a.m. that an Enterprise car recently picked up at Baldwin's Liotus Collision Center was missing its license plate.

According to a police report, the car was rented to a woman on Aug. 31 while the woman's regular car was being worked on at Liotus. The woman reportedly retrieved her regular car from Liotus during the evening of Nov. 5, leaving the rental car in a lot along Prospect Road across from Liotus.

Representatives from Enterprise as well as the Baldwin police have tried to contact the woman who left the rental car there, but they have not been able to reach her.

The incident is under investigation. (UPDATE: The missing license plate was found at Liotus where the rental car was left.)

Motorcycle, Part II

A Baldwin Borough police officer was driving south behind two motorcycles on Brownsville Road near its Sunny Drive intersection at around 10:38 p.m. on Nov. 10 when he observed the southernmost biker driving erratically, according to a police report.

The officer pulled that man—Jacob John Hannah, 22, of Dara Drive in South Park Township—over in the 5500 block of Brownsville, where the other biker also stopped. The officer advised that biker to leave the scene, which he did.

The officer then discovered that Hannah was an unlicensed driver with a DUI suspension, according to the report. The officer also reported smelling alcohol on Hannah's breath before putting him through field-sobriety tests, which he failed.

Hannah was arrested and taken to the Baldwin police station, where he failed a breath-analyzer test. He is being charged with suspicion of DUI.

Stolen Bicycle

A man from The Residences of South Hills apartments building at 340 Knoedler Rd. contacted Baldwin police at around 5:21 p.m. on Nov. 12 to report that his bicycle had recently been stolen, according to a police report.

The victim said that his 12-to-16-speed, 20-to-22-inch black bike was taken from the storage area of his building sometime during the prior week. He valued the bike at around $85.

The incident is under investigation.

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