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Three motorists charged with DUI for separate incidents

When Old Lycoming Township police showed up at the home of Keith Gross at 2001 Carlton Terrace about 9 p.m. on June 20, the 61-year-old man told the officers he knew why they were there and that he had “been waiting for us,” according to an affidavit. A witness saw Gross strike a utility pole near his home several times with his SUV, police said. Gross then left the scene, pulling into his driveway, police said, adding that the witness saw him “stumbling” as he got out of the vehicle.

“There was a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage” coming from Gross as he stumbled out of his house, the officer said in the affidavit. “I’m drunk. You got me,” Gross told the officer. About 20 minutes had elapsed between when the crash occurred and when police showed up at Gross’ home. The driver said he had not consumed any alcoholic beverages since the crash.

Gross, who admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages at a local establishment since 8 p.m., had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .21, police said. Charged with DUI, accidents involving damage to unattended property (hit-run) and two other summary traffic violations, Gross has waived his preliminary hearing and is free on $2,500 bail.

In another case, Mercedes Ward, 28, of 1419 Washington Blvd., “exhibited numerous physical signs of alcohol impairment, including glassy watery eyes, mumbled slurred speech along with a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her” when South Williamsport police stopped her near Riverside Drive and Maynard Street about 2 a.m. on March 11 because the registration on her 2002 Toyota Camry had expired, according to an affidavit. It also turned out that Ward’s driver’s license expired back in December 2015, police said.

Charged with DUI, driving with a suspended registration and driving without a license, Ward, who had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .15, has waived her preliminary hearing and is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, following a one-vehicle crash at Boston and Cemetery roads in Picture Rocks about 8:15 p.m. on April 16, motorist Kyle Joseph Hunter, 29, of 45 Boston Cove Road, Hughesville, was taken into custody on suspicion of being impaired, and was placed in the back seat of a police cruiser, according to a Hughesville police affidavit (Hughesville provides police protection for Picture Rocks).

While en route to a hospital to provide a blood sample, Hunter told the officer that he “messed up,” the affidavit stated. Driving a 2007 GMC pickup truck, Hunter lost control of the vehicle and went over an embankment, police said. Hunter said he and his wife got into an argument at a bar, police said, adding that earlier Hunter admitted to having “about one or two” alcoholic drinks. Charged with DUI after having a blood-alcohol concentration level of .11, Hunter has been sent a summons to appear before a district judge.

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