Sitting in his cruiser as he just completed a vehicle stop on Lycoming Creek Road on the night of March 27, Cpl. Derron Farber saw an erratic driver in a pickup truck coming right at him and was forced to quickly take "evasive action" to avoid a collision.
As Farber began to pursue the vehicle, the driver began "weaving and abruptly swerving" in the southbound lane, according to the trooper's affidavit.
The trooper pulled the vehicle over in the area of McKee Road in Lycoming Township. As soon as he approached the truck, "I detected a moderate odor of an alcohol beverage about the vehicle," he said.
The driver was Kevin Brent Shuman, 41, of 977 McKee Road, who Farber alleged was heavily intoxicated. Being charged with drunk driving was nothing new for Shuman.
He has been arrested for driving under the influence on four other occasions, including 1992, 1993, 1999 and 2002, Farber said.
"Once he was in custody in my vehicle, a heavy odor of alcohol could be detected about him" Farber said of Shuman, who refused to have his blood taken. Shuman also was charged with careless driving. He will have a preliminary hearing on April 28 before District Judge James H. Sortman.
In another drunk driving arrest made by Farber, Susan Elizabeth Gillen, 48, of Lock Haven was arrested after allegedly driving in an erratic manner on Route 15 from Route 184 in Cogan House Township to the area of the Buttonwood interchange in Jackson Township about 3:10 p.m. on March 7.
Like Shuman, Gillen had been arrested before for drunk driving; in her case, three times, Farber said.
At one point during the afternoon pursuit, Gillen pulled over, but then pulled back out onto the highway when Farber got out of his cruiser.
When the pursuit did end, Farber said that he "immediately recognized that Gillen was heavily intoxicated" as he approached her car. The woman's eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred, Farber said.
As Farber took her to the county's DUI center in his cruiser, Gillen "repeatedly made comments about drinking too much and having a drinking problem. She stated that she had tried hard to quit, but she couldn't."
Like Shuman, Gillen refused to have her blood drawn at the DUI center. Charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and careless driving, she was arraigned Wednesday before Sortman and released on $3,000 bail.
These two are the just latest of repeat offenders to be charged with drunk driving. When Old Lycoming Township Sgt. Joseph Hope charged Kevin H. Adams, 38, of 3605 Lycoming Creek, following a crash in the 4000 block of Route 15 on March 8, it turned out to be Adams' fifth drunk driving arrest.