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Upper Darby police officer arrested DUI and related charges

William Tobin
William Tobin

Yesterday, an Upper Darby police officer was arrested in connection with a hit and run that occurred Tuesday on West Chester Pike in Marple Township. Upper Darby Police Officer William Tobin has been charged with driving under the influence. According to Marple police, Tobin, of Marple, was allegedly behind the wheel of a silver Nissan Murano that struck another vehicle at North New Ardmore Avenue at West Chester Pike, which then fled the scene.

According to the arrest affidavit, around 9p.m Tuesday night, Marple police received a call of a hit and run. When officers arrived on the scene the victim told of being hit at New Ardmore Avenue and West Chester Pike but the driver failed to stop. The victim continued to follow the vehicle which struck him, which then stopped at Ferguson Rd. Officers arriving at the scene noticed immediately the odor of alcohol on Tobin’s breath. According to the court record Tobin also slurred his words and had red glassy eyes. Field sobriety test was unsuccessful and the suspect was transferred to Springfield Hospital for blood tests.

According to the Upper Darby police department, Tobin is a 19 year veteran of the force, who has been out on medical leave for several months due to being injured on the job. Tobin faces an array of charges, including driving under the influence, accident involving damage to an attended vehicle and a motor vehicle violation. He was then released on $20,000 unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing.