Multiple people face DUI-related charges
City man admits he used money taken in burglary to buy drugs
When Thomas McDermott came downstairs on the morning of Sept. 23, he found the front door to his home at 1854 Green Ave. wide open, Old Lycoming Township police Sgt. Christopher Kriner said. Soon McDermott discovered that a laptop was missing as well as some cash taken from his wallet, police said.
About a week later, Kriner was zeroing in on Samuel Agor, an admitted drug addict who had been recently committed to the Lycoming County Prison on probation violation.
In an interview with Kriner at the jail, Agor, 28, of 324 Campbell, admitted to the investigator that he broke “into several vehicles along Lycoming Creek Road and stole a laptop computer and some cash from from a home near Lycoming Creek Road while he was ‘high as he–‘ on crack cocaine and methamphetamines,” according to an affidavit.
Green Avenue is one block west of Lycoming Creek Road. The laptop was recovered and it turned out to be the one taken from McDermott’s home, Kriner said.
Agor told police he used the stolen cash to buy drugs, Kriner said. Following his arraignment Monday before District Judge William Solomon on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and loitering, Ago was re-committed in lieu of $100,000 bail.
State trooper pulls suspected DUI driver from car
On the night Mychael Diggs followed too closely to state Trooper Peter Dunchick’s cruiser and then slammed into it moments after Dunchick got out of the vehicle, police believe the 42-year-old city man was “under the influence of a drug or a combination of drugs,” according to court records.
However, Diggs, of 1244 1/2 Memorial Ave., refused to submit a blood sample, so investigators will never know what prompted Diggs’ bizarre behavior as he drove a 2004 Buick Century south on Route 15 near the Foy Avenue interchange about 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 8.
As he was following the trooper, Diggs got very close to his cruiser, police said. When the trooper pulled ahead at a faster speed, Diggs also accelerated, getting again very close to the trooper. Dunchick even gave Diggs an opportunity to pass him, but he stayed behind him.
Finally, Dunchick pulled over to the side of the road as did Diggs. The trooper got out of the car and repeatedly ordered the man to put down his window, but he refused, police said. Diggs also refused to get out of the vehicle.
Suddenly, Diggs attempted to get away as his car lunged forward, striking the back of the cruiser. Dunchick then broke the driver’s door window and forcibly removed the man from the vehicle, police said.
Charged with DUI, attempting to elude police, recklessly endangering and careless driving, Diggs has been sent a summons to appear before Solomon.
7 additional motorists charged with DUI-related offenses
While driving with at least four drugs in his system, Francis Fredin Jr., 33, of 1024 Baldwin St., nearly struck a group of pedestrians on a sidewalk with his 2004 Ford pickup truck in the 400 block of Hepburn Street about 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 13, city police alleged in an affidavit. Before he was stopped, he struck a car near First Avenue and High Street. Charged with DUI of controlled substances, Fredin is free on $5,000 bail. Test results revealed marijuana, fentanyl, cocaine and amphetamine were all in him at the time. This was his second DUI arrest, police said.
Ryan Watson, 42, of 722 Heilman Road, Montoursville, has been charged by state police with DUI and careless driving on Heilman Road in Upper Fairfield Township about 3 a.m. on July 13. His blood-alcohol content level was .20. He is free on $15,000 bail. This was his third DUI arrest, police said.
After displaying “visible signs of intoxication during a a series of standard field sobriety tests,” Murtza Shah, 39, of 61 Valley Height Drive, faces charges of DUI and careless driving stemming from an incident on June 27 when a state trooper stopped his BMW at Hepburn Street and Little League Boulevard in the city because he failed to use a turn signal, court records state. He refused to provide a blood sample. He is free on $5,000 bail.
A blood test confirmed Chase Hearn, 20, of 1023 Mk Road, Muncy, had marijuana in his system when a state trooper stopped his 2001 Ford Explorer on Northway Road in Loyalsock Township about 5:10 p.m. on June 17, according to court records. Charged with DUI and careless driving, he is free on $5,000 bail.
Gavin Orr, 22, of 1204 Memorial Ave., had a blood-alcohol content level of .09 when he was driving a 2017 Subaru Legacy near Fourth and Hepburn streets in the city about 1:10 a.m. on June 6, state police said. Charged with DUI, he is free on $5,000 bail.
Richard Weaver, 41, of 523 E. Third St., apartment 8, had marijuana in his system when a city police officer stopped his 1999 Cadillac in the 500 block of Pine Street because the there was no license plate on the vehicle about 5:30 p.m. on March 5, according to court records. Charged with DUI and driving an unregistered vehicle, he is free on $2,500 bail.
Jacqueline Martinez, 59, of 678 Seventh Avenue, had five different kinds of drugs in her system when a city police officer stopped her 2000 Ford Mustang because she was driving without her lights on in the 300 block of West Fourth Street about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 28. Charged with driving under the influence of controlled substances, possession of seven oxycodone pills without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia, she has been sent a summons to appear before a district judge.