A Neshannock Village man has been arrested for driving while under the influence while riding a bicycle.

New Castle police have charged Herman Ray Mielke, 33, of 461 Neshannock Ave., Apt. 8, after they were called to a disturbance at a South Mill Street restaurant July 13.

Police learned that a man wearing a backpack filled with beer arrived in the area on a bicycle around 9 p.m. and the personnel there would not allow him onto the dining patio because he appeared to be intoxicated. The employees reported that he had beer in a backpack and that he caused a disturbance and rode off on his bicycle.

Police reported that they saw Mielke crash his bicycle on Grove Street, and they pulled up behind him with the cruiser lights flashing. An officer reported that Mielke was trying to ride the bicycle while carrying an open beer bottle.

Mielke then got back on his bicycle and rode east in the westbound lane of Grove Street. The officers tried to stop him but he continued and the police followed him, turning into the bicycle's path to stop him, according to police reports. 

They said that Mielke, still seated on the bike, fell over and hit a phone pole. They helped him stand up and arrested him, according to the report.

He was taken for a blood alcohol test to Jameson Hospital, where he fell two more times, police said.

He was released to a family member.

After receiving his blood test results, the police charged Mielke with driving under the influence with the highest rate of alcohol, disorderly conduct, defiant trespass and two counts of public drunkenness. He was sent a summons to appear in court.

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