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DUI suspect arrested after stopping to ask cop for directions

Police also found an illegal handgun in the car

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. - A Bucks County man with alcohol on his breath and an illegal gun in the car made the mistake of stopping to ask a police officer for directions, according to authorities.

Charles Mcauley, of South Main Street in Trumbauersville, faces DUI and weapons charges following his arrest Tuesday afternoon outside the Salisbury Township police headquarters. District Judge Rashid Santiago arraigned the 50-year-old later that night, setting bail at $60,000.

Salisbury Township police report that an officer was about to pull onto South Pike Avenue about 2:15 p.m., when a Pontiac sedan pulled in next to his patrol car. The driver was asking for directions to Front Street in Allentown.

The passing traffic made it difficult to hear, so the officer walked over the driver’s open window to give him directions.

While talking to the driver, the officer allegedly spotted the handle and drum of what appeared to be a revolver tucked between the driver’s seat and center console, according to court records. When asked for his identification and concealed weapons permit, Mcauley allegedly told police they were in his other wallet, according to records.

Mcauley was asked to step outside the vehicle, so police could secure the weapon. That’s when the officer allegedly smelled alcohol on his breath. Mcauley’s eyes appeared glassy, and he allegedly told the officer that he’d been drinking.

And while standing outside the car, Mcauley told the officer that he shouldn’t be carrying any guns and that he’d been arrested before. Court records do not specify what, if any, charges Mcauley had previously faced.

After Mcauley was taken into custody, police discovered he was driving under a DUI suspension and that he did not have a concealed weapon permit. When asked how much he’d had to drink, Mcauley said he “had enough.” A breath test allegedly showed he was over the 0.08 limit.

Police charged Mcauley with DUI, illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and driving with a suspended license. He was released from Lehigh County Jail on Wednesday after posting bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Aug. 22.

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