19 motorists charged with DUI during Mardi Gras weekend

Nineteen motorists were charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants during Mardi Gras weekend, according to William Solomon, coordinator of the Lycoming County DUI Task Force.

Task Force members along with state police conducted roving patrols during the weekend, looking for impaired drivers, Solomon said.

Of the 19, two were charged with driving under the influence of controlled substances, Solomon said.

Field sobriety tests were given to about 30 drivers.

Officers issued numerous traffic violations and warnings. Several people were charged with public drunkenness or disorderly conduct.

One of the drivers stopped Saturday night by patrol units became combative and unruly after refusing to do undergo field sobriety tests. The driver assaulted the officers, who had to use pepper spray and a Taser to get him under control, Solomon said. He will be charged at a later date.