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Ridley man tallies fourth DUI arrest at McDonald’s drive-thru

RIDLEY TOWNSHIP A bottle of vodka and an empty Hydrocodone bottle were found on a man with three prior DUI arrests after he slammed into another vehicle at the McDonald’s drive-in window Tuesday, police said.

Christian M. Sweeney, the same man who in December allegedly blew a .62 blood alcohol level after being found passed out in front of a Wawa in Glenolden, is free on 10 percent of $15,000 bail, awaiting preliminary hearings on his two most recent drunken driving arrests.

On Tuesday, at about 11:22 a.m., a woman was in the drive-through lane at McDonalds when she was struck from behind by a red Oldsmobile, according to the affidavit of probable cause written by Detective Robert M. Crespy.

A McDonald’s employee was able to get the tag number of the vehicle, which was seen driving out of the restaurant’s parking lot westbound on MacDade Boulevard.

Police went to Sweeney’s home in the 300 block of Tasker Avenue in the township’s Folsom section and found him inside of the Oldsmobile with the engine idling, the affidavit states.

A bottle of vodka was found inside of Sweeney’s right front pants pocket, according to the affidavit. An empty bottle of Hydrocodone was located in the center console area of the car, in plain view, the affidavit states.

While speaking with Sweeney, the officer noticed an odor of alcohol coming from his breath and person, the affidavit states. His eyes were reportedly red and glassy and he was slurring his speech.

When asked if he had consumed any alcohol, Sweeney allegedly responded that he had. He failed several field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

Sweeney was transported a local hospital for blood tests.

Court records indicate that Sweeney, 40, has been arrested for DUI four times in Delaware County. The first arrest was back in Dec. 20, 1999, his second on March 4, 2010. Both times, Sweeney was admitted to a special probationary program, or ARD.

Then in December, Glenolden police arrested him once again for DUI, this time after he was found passed out in his car in front of the Wawa on MacDade Boulevard.

The criminal complaint in that case notes that Sweeney’s blood alcohol level was .62 at the time. In Pennsylvania, as in most states, a person is considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is .08 or more.

Sweeney is slated to appear in Glenolden District Court on March 2 and in Ridley District Court five days later.

The newest charges filed against Sweeney are driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance; reckless driving; accidents involving attended vehicles and duty to render aid.

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