July 4, 2014 at 1:13 AM
The dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol were clearly evident on video captured by a dashboard camera of a Montgomery Township Police cruiser on June 15.
The fact that the cruiser captured alleged drunk driver Phillip Marress, of Tennessee, in his destructive actions at Five Points was no coincidence—the police officer behind the wheel nearly became another victim of DUI.
In an announcement Thursday on DUI awareness on the Fourth of July, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman and Montgomery County Police Chiefs Association President Bill Albany, chief of police for Limerick Township, released the video to the public, and urged citizens to celebrate responsibly this weekend.
Marress could have become another statistic at 1:23 a.m. June 15. He could have been like the 25 persons that died last year in Pennsylvania out of 256 alcohol-related accidents, or the four persons that died out of the 69 drug-related crashes.
On the early morning of June 15, Montgomery Township officers responded to a crash with rescue call to Route 309 at Five Points.
There, officers determined Marress allegedly crossed into the other lane, hitting four vehicles, police said.
In all that chaos—one minor injury.
Marress was eventually charged with DUI. Hatfield Township Police, Fire Department of Montgomery Township and Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale assisted at the scene.
Ferman said in the release that driving under the influence is a danger to the public.
This July 4th weekend it's about "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
Ferman said intoxicated celebrants should use a designated driver, call a cab, ride a train or find private transportation.