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Alleged drunk driver tells cop ‘I drink beer all day’

After his 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer struck the side of the bridge at Main and Allegheny streets in Jersey Shore on the night of July 7, James Ward kept going, traveling south on Route 44 and losing both left tires near Antes Fort, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police said.

That did not stop the 57-year-old driver from traveling several more miles to his home at 3107 Rauchtown Road, where after he pulled into his yard, he got out with a beer can in his hand, took a drink and then walked into his house, Patrolman Jordan Mahosky said in an affidavit.

Unbeknownst to Ward, a witness to the crash followed him the six-plus miles to the house and then flagged down an officer.

The motorist pursuing Ward reported that the driver traveled much of the time into the oncoming lane of traffic on the rims of his two left wheels, Mahosky said.

Soon Ward was taken into custody at his home on suspected of driving drunk. He was taken to Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, but there he refused to provide a blood sample.

“I drink beer all day,” he told an officer, according to the affidavit.

Charged with DUI, accidents involving damage to unattended property (hit-run), reckless driving and careless driving, Ward has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.

Woman charged twice with DUI in eight days

Eight days after she was taken into custody for suspected of driving under the influence of controlled substances on West Emery Church Road in Woodward Township, Desiree McKeag was arrested again for the same offense, according to court records at Lepley’s office.

The first incident occurred about 9 a.m. on July 29 when she was discovered passed out in her 1994 Jeep on Emery Church Road, state Trooper Paul Beard said.

When she came to, McKeag admitted that she from Rauchtown to the current location, stopping “for a quick nap,” Beard said, adding that the 28-year-old woman “exhibited signs of impairment” as she underwent a series of standard field sobriety tests.

In her Jeep, police seized bath salts that were in three multi-color containers, Beard said.

While in custody, McKeag, of 512 McKeag Lane, Jersey Shore, admitted that she bought a gram of bath salts for $80 the night before, the trooper said in an affidavit. McKeag admitted that she has smoked bath salts for a few years, he added.

A blood test revealed that McKeag had five different controlled substances, including bath salts, that morning, Beard said. She was charged with DUI, possession of bath salts, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless driving in this case.

On the night Aug. 6, McKeag, again operating the same Jeep, was arrested for driving under the influence bath salts on Route 287 in Piatt Township, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional Patrolman Tyler Bierly. She also was charged again with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as driving without a license, the officer said.

Following her recent arraignment before Lepley on the two sets of charges, McKeag was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Five additional motorists face DUI-related charges

Christy Smith, 48, of 102 Becker Hill Road, has been charged DUI of a controlled substance, careless driving and driving with a suspended license on Route 220 in Piatt Township on July 25, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police said. The drug duloxetine was in her system, police said. This was her third DUI arrest, police said. She is free on $2,500 bail.

Jason Younkin, 34, of 42 Smith Court Circle, Linden, has been charged with DUI by Tiadaghton Valley Regional police after a tire on his 2012 Dodge Charger blew out, causing his car to hit the center median on Route 220 in Piatt Township on July 17. He admitted to drinking two alcoholic mixed drinks, police said. His blood-alcohol content level was .20, police said. He is released on $1,500 bail.

James Lampley, 28, of 629 Second Ave., was charged with DUI, accidents involving damaged to unattended property (hit-run), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless driving following a crash at Queneshaque and McGill Hollow roads in Woodward Township about 1:20 a.m. on June 28, state police said. He was found inside a nearby home shortly after the crash, police said. His blood-alcohol content level was .12, police said. He is free on $1,500 bail.

Jason Holas, 31, of York, was charged by state police with DUI after a state trooper stopped his 2009 Chevrolet Malibu at Seventh Avenue and Mulberry Street in the city on May 10. He had a blood-alcohol content level of .23, police said. He is free on $5,000 bail.

Edward Hill, 54, of 707 Hepburn St., has been charged by Muncy police with DUI of controlled substance in the 700 block of West Fourth Street in the city on Dec. 30. Muncy police were part of roving county-wife DUI-enforcement detail. A blood test revealed he had multiple drugs in his system, including cocaine and fentanyl, police said. He also has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with an expired registration. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Christian Frey.

Woman charged with shoplifting

Heather Sheaffer, 44, of Bellefonte, has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting for allegedly stealing $12 worth of merchandise from Dollar General, 7498 Route 220, Linden, on March 14, state police said.

This her second shoplifting charge. She has been sent a summons to appear before Lepley.

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