District judges handle several DUI cases
Minutes after pulling into the drive-thru at the Dairy Queen Grill and Chill at 606 Hastings St., South Williamsport, about 12:20 p.m. on Dec. 10, motorist Donuae Kellam and her female passenger both fell asleep in the Mercedes-Benz, borough police said.
When officers arrived on the scene, they attempted to speak with Kellam, 35. Both women were still asleep with the engine running, police said. When she woke up, Kellam, of 715 Elmira St., told police that she used “narcotic pain pills a few hours” earlier, according to an affidavit. She also admitted to smoking marijuana, police said.
“She exhibited numerous signs of drug impairment,” an officer wrote in the court document. A blood test revealed that Kellam had marijuana, cocaine, fentanyl and xanax in her system at the time.
Charged with DUI of controlled substances, Kellam also was charged with driving without a license, police said, adding that her license expired five years ago. Following her arraignment Monday before District Judge Gary Whiteman, she was released on $10,000 bail.
In another case, motorist Joshua Freezer, 30, of 11017 Rose Valley Road, Trout Run, was charged with DUI after he “showed signs of impairment during a series of field sobriety tests” on the evening of Jan. 1, state police said.
Police stopped to assist Freezer after his car became disabled in the westbound lane in the 4100 block of Lycoming Mall Road in Fairfield Township, according to court records.
The troopers detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on him as they were questioning him, police said. Freezer’s blood-alcohol concentration level was .15, police said. He is free on $5,000 bail.
In another case handled by Whiteman, motorist Gina Unger, 65, of 1412 Cedar St., Montoursville, had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .17 when state police stopped her 2013 Ford Escape on Interstate 180 in Loyalsock Township on Sept. 25.
Police said they stopped the woman after seeing her car “straddling the middle lane designator,” according to an affidavit. Her eyes were watery and bloodshot, and there was a strong odor of alcohol in her vehicle, police said. Charged with DUI and careless driving, Unger was free on $5,000 bail.
In another case, Devon Brooks, 25, of Lenoir, North Carolina, was stopped by Montoursville police after failing to dim his car’s high beams in the 700 block of Broad Street on March 16.
In an affidavit, police said his vehicle “smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage,” and upon being questioned, Brooks admitted to drinking. A blood test revealed that his blood-alcohol concentration was .17, police said. Charged with DUI, he has been sent a summons to appear before Whiteman.
Another motorist who was stopped for failing to lower his BMW’s high beams was Casey Ranck, 47, of Watsontown, according to court records filed by the county’s DUI Task Force, which pulled him over on Main Street in Muncy about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 6.
Officers detected a strong odor coming from Ranck’s car as well as his body, police said. He too admitted to have consumed alcoholic beverages, police said. His blood-alcohol concentration level was .20. Charged with DUI, Ranck has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp.
Another case handled by Kemp involved Damian Berger, 22, of 1236 Cemetery Road, Muncy, who the DUI Task Force stopped on Route 405 in Hughesville about 8 p.m. on Jan. 9.
Officers detected both the odors of marijuana and alcohol coming from Berger as they questioned him, police said. Berger admitted to not only smoking marijuana earlier in the evening, but “also having some drinks after work,” court records stated. A blood test confirmed the presence of marijuana in his system, police said.
Charged with DUI of a controlled substance, Berger has been sent a summons to appear before Kemp.
In another case, following a crash in the 5000 block of Route 87 in Plunketts Creek Township back on Nov. 12, 2018, motorist James Schronick, 46, of 216 Lower Barbours Road, admitted to a state trooper that he drank “the better part of a bottle” of an alcoholic beverage before leaving home, according to an affidavit.
Schronick’s eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred, police said. A blood test revealed that his blood-alcohol concentration level at the time was .11, police said. Charged with DUI and careless driving, he was free on bail.