Sharon Lawlar

Sharon Lawlar

UPPER DARBY — An Upper Darby woman has been charged for a sixth time for driving under the influence following a Thursday afternoon accident, authorities said.

Sharon Lawlar, 59, was remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Center in Concord after failing to post $5,000 bail on a misdemeanor charge of DUI: Control substance and a summary offense of driving while operating a vehicle with suspended or revoked license. Magisterial District Judge Christopher Mattox preliminarily arraigned Lawlar Friday morning, when bail was set.

Acting Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said a two-car accident occurred at 12:27 p.m. Thursday at State Road and Sellers Avenue. Bernhardt said Lawlar had limited response with police.

“They knocked on the window, opened the door and smelled a strong scent of alcohol,” he said.

A field sobriety test was performed on Lawlar, who reportedly failed. She consented to have blood drawn for analysis. Police also found a damp cigarette in a cup. Toxicology reports from the blood draw and cigarette are pending.

Bernhardt said there were no injuries in the accident. Police were not able to get much out of Lawlar to create a narrative about her whereabouts that day leading up to the accident, according to Bernhardt.

This is the latest DUI charge for Lawlar going back almost 40 years.

Online court records show she had previously pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol and guilty to DUI of alcohol and controlled substances in 2002 in Chester County stemming from a 2001 incident in East Brandywine Township. Lawlar received probation on the latter DUI charge in that case. Her other convictions, according to police, came from Folcroft in 1981, Millbourne in 1986, Lower Merion in 2000 and Philadelphia in 2007.

“It’s extremely concerning, and for the luck of God she didn’t hurt anyone,” said Bernhardt about her current DUI charge. “She needs to get herself help and the family to get her the help that is needed. She’s putting her life and others at risk.”

Lawlar also pleaded to drug charges in Philadelphia in 1987 and 2004 and received probation both times, according to online court records. She had various other cases settled in Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court from 1981 to 1994 but those dockets were not readily accessible.

Magisterial District Judge Thomas Lacey will conduct a preliminary hearing for Lawlar on Feb. 5.

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