Police: Drunk motorist caught after asking cop for directions

JERSEY SHORE – A Centre County motorist who pulled his car up along side a marked police cruiser to ask an officer for directions to Lock Haven ended up getting arrested for drunk driving after the cop detected an odor of alcohol on his breath.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, John M. Decker, 22, of Bellefonte, was charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana after Tiadaghton Valley Regional Patrolman Kyle Fera saw in the car a bottle in plain view with the suspected controlled substance in it, police said.

The incident began in the 300 block of Thomas Street about 12:15 a.m. Sunday when Decker pulled up along Fera’s car asking for directions, according to an affidavit.

“While speaking with the driver, I smelled a moderate odor of alcohol,” Fera said. When the officer ran Decker’s license, it came back suspended.

Decker was then detained on the suspicion that he was under the influence, Fera said. The driver gave the officer permission to move the car out of the lane of traffic. It was then that Fera spotted the marijuana, he said.

At the police station, Decker’s night only got worse. He became unruly and refused to be detained in a holding cell. Three additional officers were needed to force him into the cell. During the struggle, he allegedly kicked one of the officers, police said.

Following his arraignment before District Jerry C. Lepley on charges of aggravated and simple assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license, Decker was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.