Intoxicated woman plows car into neighbor’s house, wanted to ‘learn how to drive,’ police say

Annette K. Short had a blood-alcohol content level of .36 when she plowed a 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander into a neighbor’s home in the 1700 block of Randall Circle about 1 a.m. on June 29, state police.

In addition to driving under the influence of intoxicants, Short, 37, of 1708 Randall Circle, faces additional charges, including accidents involving damage to attended property (hit-run), careless driving, reckless driving and driving without a license.

The vehicle was owned by Tracy Goodrich, who was in the SUV at the time of the crash, police said.

When state troopers arrived on the scene, Goodrich, “who appeared highly intoxicated,” was in the back of the ambulance, police said.

Goodrich said her friend Short “wanted to learn how to drive,” Trooper Robert Williamson said in an affidavit.

Short, who initially denied knowing anything about the crash, was found inside her home, police said.

“It was determined that the crash occurred as Short was backing up from a parked position. She began rapidly backing in a careless clockwise manner, which resulted in the vehicle’s left rear bumper striking the left rear bumper of a legally parked car,” Williamson said.

“Short then rapidly accelerated in a southwest direction, crossing over a raised curb, the sidewalk, a yard and into 1710 Randall Circle,” Williamson said.

Following her arraignment this week before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Short was released on $2,500 bail.

In an incident involving another alleged drunk driver, Chase Alan Walther, a resident of Clinton Township, was taken into custody near Turbotville on Sept. 9 after he fled a domestic disturbance in the township in a vehicle, state police said.

Alan Walther, 59 Pumpkin Center Road, forced his way into Ashley Walther’s home in the 200 block of North Main Street about 7:15 a.m., police said. Court records did not say how the two were related.

Once inside, Alan Walther assaulted Mikael Floyd, punching the man several times, police alleged in court papers. The intruder pushed the woman against the wall and threatened to harm her with a mop, police said.

Before fleeing the scene in a pickup truck, Alan Walther broke two flower pots and a snow globe, police alleged, adding that he also smashed a window to Floyd’s vehicle.

Police caught up with him on Interstate 180 at the Turbotville interchange a short time later. Following his arraignment on charges of driving under the influence of an intoxicants, burglary, felony trespassing, simple assault, criminal mischief and related offenses, Alan Walther was initially jailed, but has since been released on $75,000 bail.