New Castle Man Faces Multiple Charges Including DUI and Illegal Firearm Possession in Landenberg

Manuel Sarante-CastilloManuel Sarante-Castillo /Submitted Image

LANDENBERG, PA — A traffic stop in the early hours of Saturday, December 9, 2023, led to the arrest of a Delaware man on multiple charges, according to the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department.

At approximately 1:07am, officers initiated the traffic stop at the 200 block of Starr Road. The driver, identified as Manuel Sarante-Castillo, 40, of New Castle, DE, reportedly exhibited several signs of intoxication.

Upon further investigation, officers determined that Sarante-Castillo was incapable of safely operating his vehicle. He was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered a Hi Point .45 caliber firearm with an obliterated serial number in the rear passenger seat. The firearm was seized, and the search was concluded.

Sarante-Castillo was transported to Chester County Prison. Unable to post the $25,000 monetary bail, he awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for December 15, 2023, at the District Court.

The charges against Sarante-Castillo include:

  • Possession of firearms by persons not permitted
  • Driving under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Incapacity to drive safely
  • Fraudulent use/removal of a registration plate
  • Driving without a license
  • Failure to exhibit a driver’s license on demand
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer’s number

The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department emphasizes that these accusations are allegations. Sarante-Castillo, like all suspects, is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Further details may emerge as the investigation continues.

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