Five motorists face DUI-related charges for separate incidents in Lycoming County

After being taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving, motorist Tyrone Thornton told state Troopers Jonathan Thompson and Anthony Mazzone that he “doesn’t forget faces” and that he would confront the two somewhere off-duty, according to court records.

Thornton, driving a 1997 Chrysler Sebring, was stopped on Route 44 in Watson Township after he “jerked back and forth in the travel lane and crossed the white fog line on three occasions, nearly striking a guide wire” about 11:50 p.m. July 2, the trooper said in an affidavit.

The driver appeared dazed, and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, Thompson said, adding that when Thornton was told to exit the car, the 56-year-old Lock Haven man became upset.

“He stated I wasn’t his guy,” the trooper said of Thornton, who, upon completing several field sobriety tests, showed “significant signs of impairment,” Thompson wrote in the affidavit.

While he was being taken to the county’s DUI center, Thornton became “belligerent,” telling Mazzone at the point that he was “going to punch him in the lip,” Thompson alleged in the affidavit. Once at the DUI center, Thornton refused to provided a blood sample.

He was arraigned that night before District Judge William Solomon on charges of DUI, terroristic threats and careless driving. Initially committed to the Lycoming County Prison, Thornton is now free on $25,000 bail.

This was just one of five DUI arrests made recently by area police.

Zachary Bechtel, 35, of 337 Lincoln Ave., was charged after he sideswiped two parked vehicles with his 2018 Kia Forte in the 1200 block of Franklin Street about 2:10 a.m. on Dec. 28, according to Patrolman Thaddaeus Trafford.

Minutes after the officer arrived at the crash scene, Bechtel “admitted to drinking five beers at a bar earlier in the night,” according to the officer’s affidavit.

“He stated he was drunk on several occasions and claimed he would fail any field sobriety test,” the officer said. Bechtel’s blood-alcohol content level was .23. This was his second DUI arrest. He is free on $5,000 bail.

It was also the second DUI arrest for Andrew Taylor when he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck — with the engine running — at West Edwin and Market streets in the city about 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 7, according to state Trooper Matthew Trick.

Taylor, 30, of 101 N. Washington St., Muncy, “related that he had been drinking,” and had just come from a local bar, Trick said in an affidavit. Taylor’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, the trooper said.

During a series of field sobriety tests, Taylor showed signs of impairment, Trick said, adding that the driver’s blood-alcohol content level was .25. He is free on $25,000 bail.

Motorist Quin Webb, 25, of 1314 W. Fourth St., was charged with DUI and careless driving after he was stopped because a center brake light on his 2010 Hyundai Sonata was inoperable and he was traveling 49 mph in a 35 mph speed zone on Grampian Boulevard in the city about 12:20 a.m. on Feb. 15, according to state Trooper Mazzone.

Although Webb denied drinking alcoholic beverages, “I smelled a moderate odor of alcohol emanating from inside the vehicle,” Mazzone said in an affidavit. During a series of field sobriety tests, Webb showed that there was “a high probability that he was under the influence,” the trooper’s said.

Webb’s blood-alcohol content level was .17. He is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, it was the way Jordan Hull’s 2004 Honda Accord was “swerving and pingponging in the travel lane” on Washington Boulevard that caught state Trooper Aaron Brown’s attention about 9:40 p.m. on Jan. 24.

The car also “crossed the center double yellow line twice,” prompting Brown to stop the car, the trooper said in an affidavit. A blood test revealed Hull, 26, of 931 Moore Ave., had amphetamines, methamphetamines and fentanyl in his system. Charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless driving, Hull was released on $5,000 bail.


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