Six charged with DUI, including motorist who plowed into South Side home
South Williamsport Motorist Daniel Getgen’s night began “looking for turkeys” on Route 554, but ended in the intensive care unit at UPMC Williamsport after he crashed his 1993 Subaru Impreza into a home at 1570 W. Southern Ave. in the borough while allegedly intoxicated on March 29, borough Patrolman Jacob Summers said in an affidavit.
Getgen, 62, of 2322 Riverside Drive, had a blood-alcohol content level of .07 when the crash occurred about 8 p.m., the officer said.
While being interviewed at the hospital, Getgen admitted to Summers that he had “three to four beers” “while looking for turkeys” on Route 554 before returning to the borough, where the crash occurred. The couple who owns the house were home at the time, but they were not injured, Summers said.
Admitted initially to the intensive care unit, Getgen was later released and has since been charged with DUI and careless driving.
He has waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman and is free on $10,000 bail.
A blood test revealed Motorist Johnathan Morgan, 32, of 152 Boak Ave., apartment 24, had marijuana in his system when a state trooper stopped his sport utility vehicle because its windows were too tinted on Interstate 180 in Montoursville about 4 p.m. on April 23, according to court records. Morgan, who admitted to the trooper that he smoked marijuana earlier in the day, has been charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is free on $5,000 bail.
Motorist Nancy Hofford, 67, of 1830 Christie Ave., has been charged with DUI of a controlled substance at Four Mile Drive and Mountainview Avenue in Loyalsock Township about 8:30 p.m. on May 6, state police said. A blood test revealed hydroxcodone in her system when a state trooper stopped her 2012 Nissan Versa, police said. She is free $5,000 bail.
Motorist Cody Venesky, 30, of Olyphant, Lackawanna County, showed “signs of impairment” while undergoing a series of field sobriety tests after a state trooper stopped his 2004 Ford Explorer on Interstate 180 in Loyalsock Township on Feb. 20. He was charged DUI, driving with a suspended license and careless driving after a blood test revealed several controlled substances, including marijuana, in his system. He is free on $10,000 bail.
Two motorists going through a DUI checkpoint at routes 220 and 287 in Piatt Township overnight June 26 have been charged with driving under the influence, according to court records at the office of District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.
Jeffrey Fuqua Jr., 20, of 406 Brandon Ave., was charged by the Tiadaghton Valley Regional police shortly after he approached the checkpoint in his Subaru station wagon about 11:30 p.m. He admitted that he smoked marijuana about an hour earlier. A blood test confirmed the presence of the controlled substance. He also was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is free on $1,500, bail.
About 90 minutes later, Kristien Quintanilla, 22, of 5174 Route 44, Jersey Shore, was coming through the checkpoint in a 2013 BMW when a South Williamsport police officer working the detail detected “an odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.” The driver, who admitted to having two beers while shooting pool at a bar, had a blood-alcohol content level of .15, and is free on $1,500 bail, according to court records.
Stalking charge lodged against Old Lycoming Township man
On the morning of July 30, Douglass Fredericks was served a protection from abuse order signed by Lycoming County Judge Eric Linhardt stating that he was not to have any contact or communication whatsoever with Lauire Fredericks, according to state Trooper Anthony Mazzone.
However, the order did not stop the 47-year-old man Old Lycoming Township man from sending the woman 159 text messages between Aug. 11 and Aug. 28, the trooper alleged in an affidavit.
Fredericks, of 108 Cottage Ave., also went to the woman’s home on McGill Hollow Road in Woodward Township on Aug. 28 to attend a relative’s birthday party, Mazzone said.
Following his arraignment last week before Lepley on felony charges of stalking and burglary as well as misdemeanor defiant trespassing and harassment, Fredericks was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Driver charged after pursuing woman in another vehicle
A Salladasburg area motorist has been charged with recklessly endangering and related offenses for allegedly pursuing a female driver for several miles at a high rate of speed for 10 to 15 minutes and allegedly forcing her to crash at one point as she attempted to get away from him, according to state Trooper Peter Dunchick.
Shawn Fink, 49, of 515 Joes Run Road, Jersey Shore, faces additional charges of harassment and careless driving as a result of the incident that began about 11:15 p.m. on July 24 when he saw Alexa McDevill behind the wheel of a car on his property at 2073 Seely Run Road in Mifflin Township, Dunchick said in an affidavit.
As the woman fled, Fink chased after her in his 2020 Jeep Wrangler, only in an attempt to get her car’s registration, according to what he told police.
Fink pursued McDevill south to Larryville to Route 287, where he passed her and then turned around and began heading towards her, Dunchick alleged in the court document.
The woman “put her vehicle in reverse, in attempt to flee. While in reverse, she struck an embankment,” Dunchick said, adding that she was not hurt and Fink took off after telling the woman he had her registration. Fink has been sent a summons to appear before Lepley.