State trooper arrests 8 motorists for DUI in less than 7 weeks
Between early Christmas morning and Feb. 8, state Trooper Robert Jacobs — while on routine patrol in the city — got six motorists off the road who allegedly were either under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A seventh driver he stopped was under the influence of both, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Christian Frey.
In all cases, Jacobs detected a strong to moderate odor of alcohol or marijuana coming from the vehicles. All the drivers had bloodshot and glassy eyes, he noted in court papers. All seven were charged with DUI and careless driving.
Among those charged was Tyshawn Ranson, 31, of 759 W. Fourth St., who Jacobs stopped at West Fourth and Campbell streets about 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day because of there was a burned-out taillight on his 2009 Toyota Camry. During questioning, the driver admitted to drinking a “a bottle of wine,” the trooper wrote in an affidavit.
Ransom’s blood-alcohol content level was .10, Jacobs said.
Another motorist, Dalton Raymond, 29, of 657 Campbell St., was pulled over near Locust Street and Locust Place because the center brake light on his car was out, the trooper said. A blood test revealed marijuana in Raymond’s system.
Two of the motorists were stopped on Dec. 28 because neither one was driving with their lights on when it was dark, Jacobs said.
Driving a 2008 Hyundai station wagon, Mary Gozales, 36, of 2611 Linn St., was stopped at West Edwin and Campbell streets about 2:30 a.m. Her blood-alcohol content level was .19, the trooper said.
Later the same day, Jacobs stopped Lisa Salgado, 31, 1678 Taylor Place, at High and Oliver streets. Her blood-alcohol content level was .12., Jacobs said.
Justice Leidhecker, 34, of 1549 Scott St., was stopped at West Fourth and Diamond streets about 12:10 a.m. on Dec. 26 because one headlight on his 1999 Subaru station wagon was burned out, the trooper said.
The driver admitted to smoking marijuana hours earlier, and a blood test confirmed that the controlled substance was in his system, according to an affidavit.
Another motorist, Logan Jack, 20, of 945 Vine Ave., also admitted to Jacobs to smoking marijuana a few hours before the trooper stopped his 1989 Honda at Maynard and Hadley streets about 8 p.m. on Jan. 13.
When Jacobs stopped a car driven by Linda Thompson, of 458 Memorial Ave. at Center Street and Memorial Avenue in the city about 9:20 p.m. on Feb. 8, the 58-year-old woman was believed to be under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, according to court records.
Thompson refused to provide a blood sample, but she admitted to smoking marijuana an hour earlier, Jacobs said, adding that he detected both “a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle and a strong odor of burnt marijuana” from the driver.
All seven drivers are scheduled to have preliminary hearings this week before Frey.
Four hours before he stopped Thompson, Jacobs pulled over a 2002 Lexus driven by Nathaniel Robinson, 63, of 650 Krouse Ave., who was allegedly speeding on Interstate 180 in Loyalsock Township, according to court records filed at District Judge Gary Whiteman.
Thompson’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and his movements were “slow and sluggish,” the trooper said in an affidavit. Robinson, who refused to provide a blood sample, has been charged with driving under the influence of an unknown controlled substance. He is free on $5,000 bail.
Another motorist stopped for speeding on the interstate was Eunique Russell, 18, of Philadelphia, who was driving a stolen 2019 Jeep Cherokee when she was stopped for traveling 85 mph in a 55 mph speed zone near the Maynard Street interchange in the city about 9 p.m. on June 17, state Trooper Garrett Shnyder said.
Charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property, Russell was arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp and jailed in lieu of $90,000 bail. The Jeep, owned by Danielle Simmons, was stolen from Philadelphia.
Another motorist stopped for speeding on the interstate in Loyalsock Township was Llord Cross, 22, of 1927 Memorial Ave., who was charged with DUI by state Trooper Paul Beard on Jan. 31.
Cross’ eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and Beard detected “a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his car. Cross, who refused to provide a blood sample, was released on $5,000 bail.
Two days later, when Beard stopped motorist Garon Harrington, 39, of New Columbia, for failing to use a turn signal at Northway Road and Shiffler Avenue in the Loyalsock Township, he found the driver “exhibited signs of impairment.
Harrington was charged with DUI and careless driving for having a blood-alcohol content level of .15, Beard said.
In another case, it wasn’t motorist Kaitlyn Reddington’s high speed, but rather her “low-rate speed” of traveling on Route 220 in Piatt Township that caught the attention – and concern of – Tiadaghton Valley Regional Patrolman Joshua Klinger about 9 p.m. on May 25.
With the assistance of a second officer, Klinger finally got Reddington stopped at the Pine Creek interchange, but only after the two officers “boxed in” her Toyota van with their cruisers.
Reddington, 31, of State College, performed “poorly” on a series of field sobriety tests which the officers ordered after detecting an odor of an intoxicating beverage on her, court records state. She refused to provide a blood sample. Charged with DUI and careless driving, she was released on $1,500 bail after waiving her preliminary hearing before District Judge Jerry Lepley.
In another case, it was a broken taillight and an expired registration plate that prompted state Trooper Aaron Brown to stop motorist Ricoal Hill, 31, of 2403 Lycoming Creek Road, in the area of East Fourth and Academy streets in the city about 1:15 a.m. on March 7, according to court records.
With glassy and bloodshot eyes, Hill was asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests that upon completing “indicated a high probability of impairment,” the trooper wrote in an affidavit. Hill’s blood-alcohol content was .08, Brown said. He is released on $5,000 bail.