2 charged in separate DUI crash incidents

Suspected of driving drunk when her SUV caused a crash on Oct. 31 that injured three pedestrians, including an 8-year-old child, Loyalsock Township resident Kimberly Kiess declined to submit a blood sample when she was taken into custody, according to Montoursville police.

Kiess, 45, of 2857 Four Mile Drive, admitted “to having four beers and claimed she was looking at her cellphone” when her vehicle plowed into a parked pickup truck in the 100 block of North Montour Street, police said.

The impact pushed the truck into three pedestrians as well as a second parked vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, police said. All three pedestrians suffered back injuries, police said.

Following her recent arraignment on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, recklessly endangering and related offenses before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Kiess was released on $2,500 bail.

Another motorist involved in a crash, Rodney David Wertz, allegedly was under the influence of solvents and noxious solvents when his westbound car went across the median and crashed head-on into an SUV on Interstate 180 in Montoursville on the afternoon of July 28, borough police said.

Wertz, 39, of 162 W. Academy St. in Hughesville, was injured as were a passenger in his car, Anastasia Byler, 22, also of Hughesville, and the other driver, James Burke, 81, of Walnutport, Northampton County, police said.

Immediately after the collision, Byler got out of the car and threw an aerosol air duster can over the embankment, police said, adding that an officer recovered the can.

Investigators allege Wertz, who was driving with a suspended and expired license, had been huffing inhalants sometime before the collision. Both he and Byler were treated at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center while Burke declined treatment for facial injuries.

Blood results revealed that Wertz had “noxious substances” in his system, police said. Following his arraignment on a charge of driving under the influence of solvents, Wertz initially was jailed, but since has been released on $5,000 bail.