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Bench warrants issued for three in separate cases

A bench warrant has been filed for the arrest of a Texas woman after she failed to appear this week for her preliminary hearing on a state police DUI charge.

Ericka C. David, 41, of Houston, was believed to be under the influence of alcohol about 1 p.m. on Aug. 2 when police were called to check on a woman’s welfare in the 2700 block of Canfields Lane in Loyalsock Township, according to court records at Whiteman’s office.

A witness told a trooper that she stopped David from pulling out of a parking lot in a 2018 Toyota Camry, according to an affidavit. An open bottle of vodka was spotted inside the car and there was vomit on the driver’s side floor, the affidavit stated. When the trooper “located” David, he detected “a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from her and her car,” the affidavit stated. The trooper, who did not say where David was “located,” said the woman showed signs of intoxication. David refused to perform any field sobriety tests and also refused to submit a blood test.

A bench warrant also has been issued for Jessica L. Short, 28, of 632 Maple St., after she too failed to appear for a hearing this week; in this case it was for a NEU drug charge. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having 0.12 grams of fentanyl in the 2000 block of East Third Street in Loyalsock Township on June 30. She allegedly purchased the drug from Edgar Garcia, 39, of 845 Park Ave., that day, according to an affidavit. Garcia, arrested several weeks ago, has since waived his preliminary hearing on felony drug charges.

Another no-show in a separate case was Eva Lattieri, 40, of 1283 Cemetery Road, who was scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on state police charges of possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. These charges stem from her handing over crack cocaine to a trooper who was checking on her welfare about 11:30 a.m. on July 11, court records stated.

Lattieri was found sitting in a car in a driveway at or near her home, police said, adding that she told the trooper she had been in the driveway “since the night before,” according to an affidavit. A bench warrant has also been filed for Lattieri’s arrest.

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