Clipped From The Morning Call
FRACKVILLE Using cell phones, drivers report man A Virginia man who police said swerved in and out of heavy holiday holiday traffic Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 81, then led a trooper on a 4V2-mile 4V2-mile 4V2-mile chase in Schuylkill County, was charged with drunken driving. State police at Frackville also charged Bennie Lee Hallam Jr., 36, of King George, with fleeing police, reckless driving, careless driving and other summary traffic violations. violations. Hallam had a blood-alcohol blood-alcohol blood-alcohol ratio of 0.25 percent, police said. By state law, a person is guilty of drunken driving when the ratio reaches 0.10 percent. Travelers reported Hallam to police police by cellular phones, and Trooper Trooper Michael Allar waited for him at the Frackville exit. Allar said he saw Hallam weaving through traffic, traffic, tried to stop him and caught him 41 miles to the north at the Mahanoy City exit where Hallam surrendered. Hallam was in Schuylkill County County Prison under $35,000 bail after being arraigned by District Justice David Plachko in Port Carbon.