Three charged with DUI

Greta Jean Manikowski, 53, of 1166 Vallamont Drive Northwest, has been charged with DUI and careless driving after crashing her 2012 Honda Pilot into the back of a parked city fire truck in the 800 block of West Fourth Street about 8:45 p.m. on June 1, city police said.

Due to her intoxicated state, Manikowski, who admitted that she had been drinking, was unable to complete field sobriety tests, police said. When she walked from her car, she “stumbled” and had to use another vehicle “to guide herself,” police said. She refused to submit a blood sample, police said. She has been sent a summons to appear before a district judge

In another case, just a couple miles south of his home, Christopher Michael Treese had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .26 when he crashed his 2006 Audi A6 into a utility pole at Route 287 and Larryville Road in Piatt Township about 10:15 p.m. on March 10, state police said. Treese, 43, of 1952 Route 287, had bloodshot and glassy eyes, and his speech was thick and slurred, police said, adding that he did “poorly” on field sobriety tests.

Charged with DUI, reckless driving and careless driving, Treese is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, after crashing his 2000 Buick Regal into a parked car in the 1500 block of Riverside Drive in South Williamsport about 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2020, Matthew Eugene Wertz, 50, fled the scene in another vehicle, borough police alleged in an affidavit. A witness had seen Wertz get in a Jeep which was used to push his now disabled car off the road and into a parking lot, police said.

When an officer caught up with him a short time later at his home, Wertz, of 2022 Whitford Ave., South Williamsport, told him “I got nervous. I didn’t know what to do,” the affidavit stated.

At the time, Wertz had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .17, police said. Charged with DUI, accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle (hit-run) and careless driving, Wertz is free on $5,000 bail after waiving his preliminary hearing.


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