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Butler Police

10:39 p.m. Aug. 23 — Christopher J. Harris, 38, of Slippery Rock was caught with drug contraband after a traffic stop on Walker Avenue near Brugh Avenue.

A patrol officer initially spotted Harris’ pickup truck stopped in front of a home in the 400 block of South Washington St., which police described as a “high drug activity area,” according to court documents.

The truck eventually left and the officer followed it. The officer learned the vehicle’s registration was expired and stopped the pickup.

Police said a search of the truck turned up seven used syringes, three empty stamp bags commonly used to package heroin, two metal spoons and a crack pipe.

Harris is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Slippery Rock University Police

Tuesday — Zachary R. Taylor, 17, of Fenelton was charged with drunken driving stemming from an Aug. 19 traffic stop in the area of Kiester and Stores roads. Police said they stopped him about 2:40 a.m. because his car had a faulty brake light.

Taylor admitted he had “two beers,” according to court documents, and a portable breath test device confirmed he had alcohol in his system. Field sobriety testing indicated he was impaired.

A formal breath test at the police station showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.09 percent. In Pennsylvania, drivers under 21 are considered to be intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.02 percent or higher. The legal limit for adult drivers is 0.08 percent.

Taylor is charged with driving under the influence, DUI by a minor, minors prohibited from driving with any alcohol in their system, underage drinking and a lighting violation.

State Police, Butler

Tuesday — Brandyn L. Gutauskas, 25, of Slippery Rock was found with medication without a prescription after police picked him up on an arrest warrant in Brady Township.

Police said they searched Gutauskas and found seven Suboxone strips in his wallet. He did not have a prescription for the narcotic medication used to treat opiate addiction.

The arrest warrant, court records showed, was issued in connection with a shoplifting incident May 21 in Slippery Rock.

He was arraigned in both cases on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance and a felony charge of retail theft. He was placed in Butler County Prison on $5,000 bail following arraignment.