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Nine motorists facing DUI, related charges in Lycoming County

It was the loud scraping sound of metal on the pavement that first caught the officer’s attention.

Then all of a sudden Pennsylvania College of Technology Patrolman Jeffrey Hughes saw the 2019 Dodge Charger making its way down Maynard Street in the city on only three tires. The front passenger tire was not there.

“A large amount of sparks were coming from the vehicle as the metal (hit) the pavement. There was a tremendous amount of noise. I heard it before I actually saw the vehicle,” Hughes said in an affidavit.

When the officer stopped the driver, identified as Amin Pearsall, about 1:10 a.m. on Jan. 23, the 30-year-old city man did not know why he had been pulled over.

“I explained to him that I stopped him because he had no front passenger-side tire. He stated he thought the tire was just low on air. He had no idea the tire was missing,” the officer said.

Pearsall’s speech was slurred and slow, and after putting him through a series of field sobriety tests, Hughes believed that the driver “was under the influence of a drug or a combination of drugs to the degree that rendered him impaired and incapable of safe driving.”

Pearsall, of 419 Stevens St., refused to provide a blood sample. Charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license and careless driving, he has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Christian Frey.

Another case before Frey involved motorist Dana Wright, 32, of 770 W. Fourth St., who was charged with DUI, endangering the welfare of a child and careless driving for allegedly driving drunk with a 2-year-old child in her 2004 Hyundai Elantra at West Third and Maynard streets in the city about 12:40 a.m. on July 5, according to state police Cpl. Matthew Brown.

Wright’s speech was thick and slurred, and her eyes were glassy, Brown said, adding that at first he detected only “a faint odor of alcohol (from Wright) through my protective mask.”

However, once he took Wright into a custody and placed her in the back of his cruiser, the odor of alcohol suddenly became stronger, Brown said. Wright refused to provide a blood sample. She is free on $7,500 bail.

Motorist Lapeace Upshaw, 42, of 1537 W. Fourth St., was charged with DUI and careless driving after state Trooper George Aguirre stopped him at Third and Park avenues in the city about 9:50 a.m. on Feb. 20 because his BMW had illegal tint windows.

Upshaw showed “signs of impairment” during a series of field sobriety tests, the trooper said, adding that blood work revealed marijuana in the driver’s system. He has been sent a summons to appear before the judge

Another driver who showed “signs of impairment” while undergoing a series of field sobriety tests was Michael Truzack, 46, of Barnegat Township, New Jersey when state Trooper Kevin Bencsics stopped the man’s 2019 Ford Escape on Interstate 180 in the city because the rear lights were not illuminated and he failed to use his turn signal twice about 9:40 p.m. on Jan. 28.

The driver admitted to consuming “two beers” at a local business and said he was on his way back to his motel room when he was stopped, Bencsics said in an affidavit. “I detected a moderate odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle,” the trooper said, adding that Truzack’s eyes were glassy and watery.

Truzack’s blood-alcohol content level was .17, according to the affidavit. Charged with DUI and careless driving, he is free on $5,000 bail.

Montoursville Patrolman Chris Herb said motorist Manolis Mitsigiorge, 30, of Sunbury, showed all the signs of suspected intoxication — slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and slow moments — when the officer stopped the man’s 2013 Ford Taurus in the 500 block of Broad Street 2 a.m. on Feb. 2.

The officer stopped Mitsigiorge because the license plate on the car had expired. The driver’s blood-alcohol content level was .10. Charged with DUI, Mitsigiorge in free on $5,000.

Two weeks later, on Feb. 16, Herb stopped another motorist who also was driving a Ford Taurus. Like Mitsigiorge, Levi Huther, 23, of 13 1/2 W. Fourth St., displayed typical signs of intoxication when he was stopped for traveling 46 mph in a 25 mph speed limit zone in the 400 block of North Loyalsock Avenue in the borough.

In the car’s central console in plain view was marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Herb wrote in an affidavit. With a blood-alcohol content level of .15, Huther was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, careless driving and speeding. He is free on $5,000 bail.

During a vehicle stop involving motorist Joseph Probst near the Market Street off-ramp of Interstate 180 West in the city about 1:50 a.m. on Feb. 8, state Trooper Ronald Barrett said that he “detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s facial area as the man spoke,” according to an affidavit.

Probst, 33, of 324 Bruce Road, Cogan Station, related that he had “a few” alcoholic drinks when asked, Barrett said, adding that the driver’s speech was thick and slurred, and his eyes were watery and bloodshot.

Probst had a blood-alcohol content level of .13. He too is free on $5,000 bail and will face further court action on charges of DUI and careless driving after waiving he preliminary hearing before District Judge Aaron Biichle.

In another case, as Old Lycoming Township Patrolman Matthew McCormick was checking out a report of an impaired driver in the 2000 block of Lycoming Creek Road on the afternoon of June 13, he approached the motorist in question, Jordan Cobb Jr., and asked to see his driver’s license.

Cobb, 21, of 2757 Lycoming Creek Road, told the officer that he did not have a license, actually, he said he has never had one.

McCormick said that Cobb, who refused to provide a blood sample, was “unsteady on his feet” and showed other signs of impairment.

Charged with DUI, Cobb has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge William Solomon.

When state Trooper Matthew Trick stopped motorist Laura Kaliszewski on Interstate 180 in Muncy Township about 8:10 p.m. on March 26, the 30-year-old city woman admitted to being under the influence of methadone.

Kaliszewski, of 917 Washington Blvd., consented to providing a blood sample, but medical staff were unable to obtain one, Trick said. The woman, show signs of impairment, has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon Kemp after being charged with DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving and driving without a license.

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