MU student with blood-alcohol level of .27% drove on sidewalk, nearly struck 6 pedestrians, police allege

The type of alcohol, left, police found in Cyle Knopf's car; and Brookwood Apartments, right, where Knopf was allegedly driving while intoxicated.

A Millersville University student is charged with being "heavily intoxicated" when he drove his car — on a sidewalk near campus — nearly striking several pedestrians.

Cyle Knopf, a 21-year-old junior, is charged with eight misdemeanors regarding the March 20 incident at Brookwood Court Apartments, a student-housing community next to the campus.

Police allege Knopf had a blood-alcohol content of .276 percent — more than three times the state’s legal driving limit of .08 percent — shortly after he was stopped.

Knopf admitted to drinking and officers found an open bottle of whiskey near the passenger seat, according to an arrest affidavit.

He is charged with six counts of reckless endangerment, the affidavit shows, because he drove onto a sidewalk near six pedestrians. One walker had to run out of the way to avoid being hit, the affidavit shows.

Knopf’s vehicle, without headlights turned on, also struck a no-parking sign on Hillview Avenue, police allege.

After being pulled over, Knopf failed sobriety tests, according to the affidavit.

Millersville Borough police Officer Michael Schaeffer witnessed the erratic driving while he was stopped in his cruiser monitoring traffic on Hillview Avenue.