DUI crash victims keeping police and courts busy locally
One driver slammed into a Loyalsock Township house. In another crash, a motorist fled the scene after rear-ending another vehicle. In a third crash, a woman’s Jeep became disabled on an off-ramp after she fled the scene of a two-vehicle crash.
In yet a fourth crash, a man never stopped after his pickup truck’s side mirror stuck the mirror of a parked vehicle.
In all the cases, the drivers either were under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, according to court records released this week.
In another incident altogether, a mother was charged for allegedly driving drunk while her 7-year-old daughter and another child were in her car, police said.
Terry Lee Lewis, 26, of 1017 West Line Road in Linden, had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.13 when his Jeep Cherokee landed “partially inside” 2460 Lincoln Drive four days before Christmas, state police said.
Arraigned Monday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants, Lewis was released on $2,500 bail.
Whiteman also arraigned Chasse W. Lynch, of 325 Eckmont Ave. in South Williamsport, on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and hit-run that stem from a crash on the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2012, when his Pontiac Grand Am struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Robert Logue at the foot of the Maynard Street exit ramp of Interstate 180, according to South Williamsport police.
Borough police stopped his vehicle in the area West Southern Avenue and Sidney Street shortly after the crash. Blood results revealed that the 30-year-old Lynch was under the influence of two controlled substances at the time, borough police said.
Lynch’s license, which was suspended three years ago, expired in March 2011, police said. He also was released on $2,500 bail.
Bastress Township resident Alexandra Rose Dincher, 22, had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.18 when her Jeep Cherokee was involved in a crash on Interstate 180 in Fairfield Township about 10:40 p.m. two days before Christmas, state police said.
Dincher, of 163 Cross Mountain Lane, fled the scene, but a state trooper caught up with her about 3 miles away when her vehicle became disabled on an off-ramp. Following her arraignment Monday on a charged of driving under the influence of intoxicants, hit-run, reckless driving and failure to render aid, she, too, was released on $2,500 bail.
Whiteman also arraigned motorist Michael A. Eisner, 45, of 1313 W. Southern Ave. in South Williamsport, on charges of drunk driving and hit-run that stem from a mishap about 10:40 p.m. last Nov. 10 when his truck’s mirror struck the mirror of William Staggert’s parked vehicle in the 100 block of West Southern Avenue, borough police said.
“I knew I hit something, but I didn’t know what,” Eisner told a police officer, who came to his home shortly after the incident.
After admitting that he had “eight beers earlier in the night,” Eisner refused to do a group of field sobriety tests. “I’m not going to do those because I know I’ll fail,” he told the officer.
Eisner’s blood-alcohol level that night was 0.16, police said. He was released on $2,500 bail.
Another motorist charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants was Jessica Anne Williams, 22, of 424 Main St. in Salladasburg, whose blood-alcohol level was 0.16 when she crashed a car into the woods in the 2300 block of Route 973 West in Lycoming Township on Feb. 4, according to Old Lycoming Township police.
In another crash investigated by Old Lycoming Township police, Charles R. Hess, 63, of 1850 Merrill Ave., had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30 when his vehicle struck a curb and went across all four lanes of travel in the 2000 block of Lycoming Creek Road on the afternoon of Feb. 28.
Hess was taken by ambulance to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center following the crash. After he refused to allow to have his blood drawn so police could get his blood-alcohol level, officers obtained the level after getting his medical records through a search warrant, court records at the office of District Judge James H. Sortman state. He, too, was charged with driving under the influence.
Township police also charged motorist Sean Ryan Patterson, 28, of 8754 Route 973 West in Cogan Station, with driving under the influence of intoxicants after police saw his vehicle “weaving back and fourth” in the 3700 block of Lycoming Creek Road about 1:40 a.m. on Jan. 13.
“I know I shouldn’t be driving, but I’m just trying to get home,” Patterson told the an officer. It turned out to be Patterson’s fourth drunk driving arrest. His driver’s license also was suspended as well as expired, police said.
Township police also have charged Kira L. Kaczkurkin, 31, of 793 Maple Spring Road in Lycoming Township, with drunk driving after tests results revealed she had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.19 when driving her 7-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old child in her Jeep Liberty in the 800 block of Beautys Run Road in Lycoming Township about 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 26.
She, Patterson, Hess and Williams have all been sent summonses to appear before Sortman.