Several incidents of public drunkenness at the North End Shopping Center have kept township police busy this month.

Three separate charges of public drunkenness in the area of the strip mall on the 1300 block of North Charlotte Street were announced through press releases by the Lower Pottsgrove Police.

David A. Astolfi, 68, Ronald G Gottshall, 62, and David J. Picariello, 56, all face charges of public drunkenness, according to police.

Astolfi was apprehended May 16 shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of North End Wine & Spirits after police observed him tripping and stumbling over a parking block while walking, according to the release. When police made contact with him, he allegedly had bloodshot, glassy eyes, his speech was slurred and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol, according to police.

Gottshall was picked up by police on the report of a suspicious person, according to police, around 6 p.m. May 15. He tried purchasing alcohol at North End Wine & Spirits but was refused for his apparent intoxication, the release said. His blood-alcohol level was 0.13 percent, police said.

Picariello was also refused service at North End Wine & Spirits May 5 around 9 p.m. due to his perceived intoxication. His blood-alcohol level was 0.24 percent after police observed him having difficulty walking, the police report said.

Lower Pottsgrove Police Sgt. Robert Greenwood said the arrests are part of a collective vigilance by the police and North End employees.

“I think it’s a combination,” Greenwood said. “We, as the Lower Pottsgrove Police, routinely and regularly patrol the local businesses in the area and also the employees at the North End Wine & Spirts have a zero-tolerance policy for those under-aged or trying to purchase for under-aged people or purchases attempted while intoxicated. (North End employees) call on us and we’re happy to respond.”

In a recent incident, Greenwood was actually speaking with North End employees while his patrol car was parked out front when a man came through who was obviously intoxicated.

“The guy walked and actually fell down in front of the police car,” he said.

Greenwood didn’t say that the amount of arrests were more than usual or out of the ordinary for a location such as that, but that the consistency of arrests is the result of the great relationship between the store and the police.

From The Mercury

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