Man allegedly DUI, refuses blood drawing

After being taken into custody on the suspicion of drunk driving, motorist James Earl Mullis refused to have his blood drawn, telling the cop “You’re not putting any needles in my arm, thank you. Have a nice day.”

Mullis, 29, formerly of Confair Lane, Trout Run, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala when he was stopped by Old Lycoming Township Patrolman Kenneth Brown about 1 a.m. Monday after another motorist reported Mullis’ vehicle was “all over the roadway.”

The officer stopped the car in the area of Route 15 and Foy Avenue.

“I immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from within the car. Mullis admitted he did not have a driver’s license because it had been suspended,” Brown said.

Mullis’ speech was slurred and as he stepped from the car, he “nearly fell into Brown,” according to an affidavit.

On probation for a prior drunk driving conviction, Mullis, now living on Bybrook Road, Old Lycoming Township, automatically was placed in the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation.

He was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge James H. Sortman on his third driving under the influence of intoxicants charge, careless driving and driving with a suspended license. He was recommitted in lieu of $5,000 bail.