Crash allegedly followed Elysburg driver injecting heroin in area parking lot

A Northumberland County man has admitted that he injected heroin about 15 minutes before he crashed his Jeep Wrangler in Loyalsock Township in late November, according to state Trooper Gary Beadle.

Blood tests did confirm that Jason Ryan Kobbe, 22, of Elysburg, had the controlled substance in his system when he crashed into a concrete barrier at East Third Street and Old Route 220 about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, Beadle said.

After Beadle questioned him about an insulin syringe the trooper found on the Jeep’s passenger floor, Kobbe admitted that he “had injected himself with two to three bags of heroin 15 to 20 minutes” before he ran a red light and crashed into the barrier, state records state.

Kobbe also told the trooper that had purchased the heroin a short time earlier in Williamsport and then drove to a private parking lot on Old Route 220, where he injected the drug.

Kobbe was arraigned Monday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and four summary traffic violations. He was released on $2,500 bail.