WEST WHITELAND >> Police asked a Downingtown woman to turn herself in because she had a warrant for a DUI charge, but a week later she was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence again.

West Whiteland police announced on Thursday that Mildred Dixon, 56, of Downingtown, was charged with DUI and traffic offenses on Sept. 29 after officers responded to the area of East Boot Road and Pottstown Pike for an alleged erratic driver. A patrol officer located the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Dixon, who police identified as the driver. Police said Dixon was arrested after allegedly failing field sobriety tests and she was released on a criminal summons.

Police said an arrest warrant was issued for Dixon on Oct. 20 by Judge John Bailey because it was discovered that she reportedly had six prior DUI arrests at the time of her arrest. Three of those arrests had occurred within the last three years and each case was still active in the court system in Chester County, according to police.

A detective with the West Whiteland Township Police Department made contact with Dixon by phone on Oct. 24 and advised her of the warrant. The detective told her that she needed to turn herself in. However, police said Dixon was arrested by the Westtown East Goshen Police Department for another alleged DUI on Nov. 1 in East Goshen Township. She was turned over to the West Whiteland Township Police Department for the warrant.

Dixon was later arraigned by Judge John Bailey at District Court and remanded to Chester County Prison after failing to post her $500,000 cash bail. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9.

The following are from police reports:

Tampering with evidence

West Whiteland police said Dylan Cassell, 25, of West Chester, was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence after an investigation into an incident on Oct. 18 in which a subject allegedly fired a gun at another family member. Police noted that Jesse Petas is currently in Chester County Prison awaiting a preliminary hearing for that alleged crime of attempted homicide and related offenses. It is alleged that Cassell removed evidence from the scene after the incident, according to police.

Assault and threats West Whiteland police said Grant Michael Grant, 35, of Media in Delaware County, was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment on Oct. 26 after officers responded to the Wal-Mart store in the 200 block of Indian Run Street for an employee who allegedly threatened and reportedly assaulted a female supervisor. Grant was arraigned by Judge John Bailey at District Court 15-4-03 and was released on an unsecured $15,000 bail.


West Whiteland police said Sulaiman Harper, 44, of West Chester, was charged with DUI and traffic offenses on Oct.17 after a patrol officer observed Harper’s vehicle stopped in a no parking zone on West Belvidere Circle. The officer observed that the brake lights and turn signal were activated. The officer approached the vehicle and observed Harper reportedly sleeping in the running vehicle. Harper was arrested after reportedly failing field sobriety tests and he was released on a criminal summons.

Retail theftWest Whiteland police said Camilo Valencia, 19, of Jackson Heights, New York, was charged with retail theft after an officer responded to the Macy’s store in the 200 block of Exton Square Parkway on Aug. 29 for an alleged $40 theft. Valencia reportedly fled before the officer arrived but he was later identified. He was issued a non-traffic citation for retail theft, according to the police report.



John H Rhodes, 48, of Kennett Square, was stopped by police on Brandywine Avenue just east of Boot Road in East Cain Township Oct. 20 at 11:20 p.m. after driving his vehicle erratically. The officer detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle and from Rhodes. Rhodes spoke with slurred speech and had dexterity trouble with his hands while trying to find his license. A field sobriety test was performed, which Rhodes failed. Rhodes was charged with Driving Under the Influence.


Jordan James Dougherty, 27, of Glenmoore was stopped in the 400 block of Norwood Road in East Cain Township Oct. 21 just after 1:30 a.m. for failing to come to a complete stop at a posted stop sign while driving his vehicle. Dougherty was traveling at a high rate of speed, well over the post 25 mph limit, and failed to pull his vehicle over right away. Upon contact with Dougherty a strong odor of alcohol was detected. A field sobriety test was performed, which Dougherty failed_ Dougherty was charged with Driving Under the Influence, along with several traffic violations.

CoatesvilleOn Oct. 27, at 6:35 p.m., police were dispatched to Hope Ave and West Lincoln Highway for an accident. During the course of the investigation one of the passengers, Charles Mitchell Jr, was found to have an active warrant for his arrest. A search incident to arrest, Mitchell was found to be in possession of a large quantity of marijuana. Mitchell was housed at the Coatesville Police Station and then transported to the Chester County Prison.

Drug charges

Tyrese Campbell, 18, of hte 200 block of Prospect Avenue in Downingtown, and Kellie Hugo, 18, of the 1300 block of Kerwood Lane in Downingtown, were arrested for drug sales and drug possession at the 500 block of East Lincoln Highway on Oct. 27 at 11:42 p.m. Police came into contact with Campbell and Hugo while on a traffic stop. During the course of the investigation, Campbell was found to be in possession of a large amount of marijuana and related paraphernalia. Hugo was found to be in possession of pills without a prescription. Both were placed into custody and housed pending arraignment.


On Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2:50 p.m., police were dispatched to the 300 block East Chestnut Street for a theft report. Contact was made with a 13 year old (victim) male juvenile of Coatesville. The juvenile was approached by three black male juveniles in the unit block Strode Ave. He was asked if he would allow them to ride his bike. The victim went into the store and his 29-inch mountain bike was gone when came back.

Drugs, underage drinking

Police conducted a pedestrian stop on Oct .28 at 11:33 p.m. on a group of males for a possible curfew violation. Police officers spoke with an intoxicated male who was found to be Brandon Gonzalez of the 400 block of Maple Avenue. Gonzalez was taken into custody for underage drinking and marijuana possession.


On Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2:19 p.m., police responded to Brandywine Hospital for a reported assault. An interview was conducted of a female victim who told police that she was physically assaulted. She had visible injuries which required medical attention. Officer M. Carlson. Taken into custody and charged with the crime was Christopher Bennett, 26, of the 100 block of East Chestnut Street in Coatesville.

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