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Posted on: March 2, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Lancaster Jury Convicts Trucker of 3rd DUI for Beer, Marijuana

Max Bawell

A Lancaster County jury convicted of trucker of being drunk and under the influence of marijuana while behind the wheel of a loaded trailer last year in East Cocalico Township.

The jury on Tuesday found Max Lee Bawell guilty of four counts of DUI – his third DUI conviction since 2004. Two those are convictions for DUI while operating a commercial vehicle.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright, who presided over the trial, will order sentence March 9. Bawell faces at least 3 months in prison.

The jury took just under an hour to decide the case Tuesday afternoon, according to Assistant District Attorney Ande Gonzalez.

East Cocalico police came upon Bawell’s running rig, parked illegally, on Colonel Howard Boulevard, near Route 222 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Bawell had an open Yuengling Lager beer, in a koozie, by him in the cab.

He failed field sobriety tests. A blood draw revealed a blood-alcohol content of .195 percent, more than twice Pennsylvania’s legal limit for drivers. The draw also showed marijuana in Bawell’s system.

East Cocalico police Officer Roger Kreisher filed charges.

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