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Three charged with DUI

After Terry Arnold drove his 2020 Chevrolet Malibu up onto a concrete barrier in the first block of Market Street about 6:40 a.m. on Jan. 15, it took a few minutes for city firefighters to extricate him from the vehicle, city police said in an affidavit. “He was unsteady on his feet and needed a person on each side of him to hold him up and help him to an ambulance,” an officer said.

Inside the ambulance, the officer asked Arnold, 66, of 812 Main St., South Williamsport, if he had had anything to drink. “Oh yeah, quite a bit,” the driver replied, adding that he had consumed rum and some shots, police said. “The more Arnold spoke, the more I could smell an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” the officer said. There was no mention in the affidavit on whether Arnold submitted a blood sample or if he refused to do so. Charged with DUI, he is free on bail.

In another case, when Tiadaghton Valley Regional police arrived on the scene in the 100 block of South Main Street in Jersey Shore, about 12:15 p.m. on March 19, they found Alan William Hoffman, 51, of 528 Ruben Kehrer Road, lot 48, Muncy, unresponsive, slumped over the wheel of his 2015 Chevrolet Sonic with the engine running, the transmission in drive and his foot on the brake, according to an affidavit.

Officers were able to safely tune off the engine and eventually get the driver awake. “There was an open bottle of vodka, half empty, in the cupholder,” an officer said in the court document, adding that Hoffman had “thick, slurred speech and appeared very out of it,” Hoffman said he had not been drinking and driving, police said. “I asked him where he was, but he could not answer the question,” the officer said. Police had initially been called to investigate a report of an unresponsive man behind the wheel of a car.

Hoffman, who already has two DUI convictions, refused to do all field sobriety tests and would not provide a blood sample. When police told him his mother was coming to pick him up, “he became very upset. He said he would rather be shot or go to jail than have his mother seem him like this,” the officer said in the affidavit. Charged with DUI, Hoffman has been sent a summons to appear before a district judge.

In another case, Alexandra C. Bechtel, 33, of Lewisburg, has been charged with DUI of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (a bag of fentanyl), possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license at 4 East Mountain Ave. in South Williamsport about 7:15 p.m. last July 16, borough police alleged. A blood test determined that there were four different drugs in her system at the time, including fentanyl, police said. She is free on $5,000 bail.

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