Officer David C. Boyer said he noticed a gold Honda Civic, driven by David Paul Daly, 35, of the 400 block of Mennonite Road, Collegeville, traveling east on Nutt Road and approaching Bridge Street at 11:38 p.m. Feb. 6.
"The Honda was indicating a left turn onto Bridge Street and proceeded to make the left through a red light at Nutt Road," Boyer said. "I followed the vehicle and made a traffic stop on Walnut Street near Lincoln Avenue."
Boyer said as he was approaching the vehicle, he noticed the driver was placing an open bottle of beer on the passenger-side floor.
"I asked the driver for his driver's license, registration card and insurance card," said Boyer. "He informed me that he didn't have a license because it was DUI suspended. He told me his name was David Paul Daly and while speaking with him, I could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Daly's eyes were glassy and red. He confessed to me that he 'had a few.'"
During his investigation, Boyer said he could see in plain view inside the vehicle numerous plastic baggies with a white powder residue, along with a smoking bowl.
"The white powder was field tested and it came up positive for cocaine," he said.
After administering and failed field sobriety tests, Daly was taken into custody and taken to Phoenixville Hospital for a blood sample, said Boyer.
"The blood samples and the suspected cocaine was packaged and sent to Lima Labs for further analysis," he said.
Boyer said the license plate attached to the Honda Civic that Daly was driving was registered stolen from Pottstown.
Daly is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; receiving stolen property; driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked (DUI related); careless driving; traffic control signals; and restrictions on alcoholic beverages.
He was arraigned before District Justice Robert Davis, Coatesville, Saturday morning and was released on $7,000 unsecured bail.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at 9 a.m.