Charges Upheld From Marple Motorcycle Chase
By Pattie Price
Andrew Slater, 21, of Marple, Pa., waived a hearing Thursday, July 12, before Magisterial District Judge Dave Lang on the charges of speeding and fleeing or attempting to elude police. In exchange for the waiver the charge of reckless driving was withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident 9:29p.m., June 27, on Springfield Road at Davis Avenue.
According to the affidavit, Marple Sgt. Tony Colgan was conducting a speed check when three motorcycles traveled through the speed zone. The first motorcycle, operated by Slater, was clocked at 61 mph in a posted 40 mph zone. Colgan caught up to the motorcycles in the 2900 block of Springfield Road. Two of the drivers pulled over and Slater turned into the Sunoco A-Plus. When Colgan turned into the A-Plus, Slater took off at a high rate of speed. He drove over the sidewalk and curb, turned right onto West Chester Pike, hit the curb of the medial strip and lost control and crashed.
Slater was not injured. He told police, “That was probably the dumbest thing I have ever done.”
Slater was released and is scheduled for an Aug. 9 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Robin Rowan, 23, of Newtown, was held in abstentia for an Aug. 9 arraignment in Common Pleas Court when she failed to appear for her hearing on the charges of DUI and possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from an accident 11:41p.m., May 22, in the 200 block of Sproul Road.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Greg Desimone responded to a two-car accident and located Ms. Rowan, the driver of the striking vehicle. Ms. Rowan initially said that she dropped her phone and when she reached down to get it, she struck the other car. However, she later said that she didn’t know how the accident happened.
Desimone found numerous empty baggies in the car and suspected Heroin and some pills in Ms. Rowan’s purse.
Ms. Rowan was transported to Springfield Hospital for a blood test. Her blood was sent to Drug Scan for analysis and the suspected Heroin and pills were sent to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Additionally a bench warrant was issued for Ms. Rowan.