State Rep. Cherelle Parker to appear at DUI hearing

State Rep. Cherelle Parker is scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court Wednesday after she was charged with drunk driving in early May.

Joseph Kelly, Parker’s attorney, said the June 1 hearing will give the lawmaker a better idea of her options.

“We’ll decide whether we want to proceed with [Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition], which is a first time offenders program or we’ll decide strategies for trial or pretrial motions,” said Kelly.

Parker, 38, will not make a plea of guilty or not guilty during the arraignment, set for 10:30 a.m. at the Criminal Justice Center.

At 12:35 a.m., May 1 Parker was pulled over by police after she was spotted driving the wrong-way on a one-way street on the 5800 block of Baynton Street in East Germantown, said officer Jillian Russell, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department.

Russell said police gave Parker a Breathalyzer. The results of that blood-alcohol-test were not released.

The lawmaker was then arrested and released following a preliminary arraignment.

Parker would not comment for this story.

Parker, a Democrat, represents Pennsylvania’s 200th Legislative District, which includes sections of the Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and Roxborough neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

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