Admitting that he drank three or four beers, 56-year-old motorist Franklin Daniel Adams told Montoursville Patrolman Michael Caschera, "I'm not wasted. I'm only buzzed," according to an affidavit.
However, Adams' blood-alcohol content level at the time was 0.35, more than four times the legal limit that the state deems one to be too impaired to operate a motor vehicle safely, Caschera said.
The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 when Caschera was called to the Rainbow Market at 1220 Broad St. to investigate a report of "an intoxicated man pumping gas into a van," the affidavit states.
The officer arrived on the scene just as the man was about to pull his van back out on Broad Street, police said.
Caschera pulled his cruiser alongside the van and asked the driver if he could talk with him. The driver, Adams, of 1010 Louisa St., agreed.
"I wanted to stop the driver before he was able to pull out onto Broad Street," Caschera said.
"An odor of an alcoholic beverage was immediately detected on the driver's breath. His eyes were red and glassy and his speech was slow," Caschera said.
The officer took Adams to the county's DUI center to have his blood drawn. A relative then picked him up. Following his arraignment Monday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Adams was released on $2,500 bail. This was Adams' second drunk driving arrest, police said.