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6 motorists have been charged with DUI

Even before the hit-run crash had been dispatched to city police, Patrolman William Badger was hot on the trail — a trail “of fluids leaking from the engine compartment” of Wayne Jacobs’ 1995 Volvo station wagon.

While on routine patrol on the afternoon of Aug. 3, Badger saw a Volvo making a turn at a high rate of speed at High and Cemetery streets.

The officer noticed a broken headlight on the car, which also was leaking fluids. The officer briefly lost sight of the car, but followed the trail of fluids to a parking lot of the Pajama Factory at Park and Memorial avenues, where a man was seen running from the Volvo, according to court records.

A police dispatcher then reported that a crash had just occurred at High Street and Wildwood Boulevard, and that one of the drivers, later identified as Jacobs, had fled the scene after hitting a motorcyclist, according to an affidavit.

Badger chased after the man fleeing the Volvo and quickly detained him with a set of handcuffs. While speaking with Jacobs, the officer smelled an alcoholic beverage on his breath. During a series of field sobriety tests, Jacobs, 48, of 2995 Heshbon Road, showed “signs of impairment,” Badger said.

“I’m definitely drunk,” Jacobs admitted once he was placed in the back of a police cruiser. There was no other information about the crash or how seriously the cyclist was injured. Jacobs’ blood-alcohol concentration at the time was .10, Badger said.

Charged with DUI, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle and driving with a suspended license, Jacobs has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Christian Frey.

In another case, motorist Chesney Wheeler, 42, of 715 Arch St., was under the influence of an assortment of drugs when her 2003 Toyota 4Runner rear-ended a motorcyclist in the 1100 block of West Third Street in the city about 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 21, according to Pennsylvania College of Technology police.

A city police drug recognition expert came to the scene and determined that Wheeler was under the influence of drugs. A blood test revealed there was marijuana and three other drugs in her system at the time, Penn College police said. Charged with DUI of controlled substances, Wheeler has been sent a summons to appear before Frey.

In another case, the failure by motorist Elizabeth Pearce to use a turn signal prompted a South Williamsport officer to stop the 63-year-old South Williamsport woman’s car in the 700 block of West Central Avenue about 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 20.

The officer also received a report moments earlier that the driver of the same vehicle may be intoxicated, according to court records.

During a series of field sobriety tests, Pearce, of 380 Riverside Drive, showed “significant clues of impairment,” the officer said. Her blood-alcohol concentration level at the time was .36, the officer said, adding that this was Pearce’s third DUI arrest. Charged with DUI, Pearce was released was released on $5,000 bail following her recent arraignment before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.

In another case, while checking on the welfare of a motorist sitting in a vehicle along Lockard Road in Mill Creek Township about 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 4, a state trooper spotted two one-gallon containers of vodka in the passenger seat, according to an affidavit. One container was empty.

Sitting in the driver’s seat of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee was Russell Fry, 60, of Delker Road, Muncy, who denied drinking anything, but there was “a heavy odor of an alcoholic beverage” in the vehicle, the trooper said.

Due to his condition, Fry was unable to complete a series of field sobriety tests. Charged with DUI and careless driving, Fry had a blood-alcohol concentration of .36, police said. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Jon E. Kemp.

In another case, when motorist Josiah Gottschall, 36, of 733 Grace St., was stopped by city police near Fifth Avenue and Louisa St. on Dec. 15, the officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle, according to court records.

The same odor also was on Gottschall’s breath, the officer said, adding that the driver refused to provide a blood sample and also declined to perform routine field sobriety tests. The officer said the man’s speech was thick and slurred.

Charged with DUI, Gottschall has been sent a summons to appear before Frey.

In another case, after being stopped by a state trooper on Interstate 180 in Montoursville because her vehicle “was weaving” within the travel lane about 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 17, Hollie Treese, 38, of 40 Kuhns Road, told the officer that she was weaving “because she was texting,” court records stated.

However, the trooper detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from her SUV, and Treese’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, according to an affidavit. The trooper suspected there was “a high probability” that she was impaired. Her blood-alcohol concentration was .19, police said. Charged with DUI and careless driving, Treese is free on $10,000 bail. This was her second DUI arrest, police said.

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