Four motorists charged with DUI

Josie Marie Lachat had a blood-alcoholic concentration level of .22. when she drove her SUV to the 100 block of Mechanic St. in Muncy, where she began causing a disturbance while intoxicated once she got out of the vehicle about 2 a.m. on June 30, state police alleged in an affidavit that was filed at the office of District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

While undergoing a series of field sobriety tests, Lachat, 41, of 1514 Country Club Lane, showed signs of impairment, police said, adding that the woman admitted to drinking a shot of an alcoholic beverage at her home before getting in her SUV and driving to Muncy. Charged with DUI and disorderly conduct, she has been sent a summons to appear before the judge.

In another case, immediately after pulling over Keynan Green at Washington Boulevard and Ward Street in the city about 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 24, the state trooper detected an odor of marijuana coming from Green’s 2008 Chevrolet sedan, court records stated. Green, 27, of Philadelphia, was stopped because the lights on his license plate were inoperable, police said.

Green admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the evening before leaving his home, police said, adding that a blood test confirmed the drug in his system. Charged with DUI of a controlled substance, he was released on bail after waiving his preliminary hearing before District Judge Aaron Biichle.

In another case, a blood test revealed that Robert Tamir Wilkerson, 24, of 533 Seventh Ave., had both marijuana and oxycodone in his system when a state trooper stopped him for speeding on Interstate 180 in the city about 2:10 a.m. on Oct. 29, court records at Aaron’s office stated.

The trooper said he detected the odor of marijuana coming from Wilkerson’s car and also noticed that the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, according to an affidavit. Wilkerson admitted that he smoked marijuana on Oct. 28, police said. Charged with DUI of controlled substances, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding, he is free on bail.

Another motorist charged with DUI of a contolled substance was Sameerah Graham, 29, of 747 W. Fourth St., who also had marijuana in her system when a member of the county’s DUI Task Force pulled her over after she ran a red traffic light at Campbell Street and Park Avenue about 10:50 p.m. on June 5, court records stated. A collision nearly happened with another driver, police said.

Graham admitted to running the light, police said, adding that the officer talking with her “could smell a strong odor of marijuana” from inside her car, according to an affidavit. The woman insisted that “she wasn’t smoking marijuana while she was driving, just before,” the affidavit stated.

“I believed that Graham was under the influence of a controlled substance to the degree that she was incapable of safely operating a vehicle,” the officer said after the driver completed a series of field sobriety tests. A blood test confirmed marijuana in her system, police said. Charged with DUI of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license, she is free on $5,000 bail.


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