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Five motorists charged with DUI in county

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It was a warm summer night in early August when Pennsylvania College of Technology Patrolman Jeffery Hughes — sitting in his cruiser with the windows open near Maynard Street — heard what sounded like a thud over and over again. It was getting louder and louder. “It sounded like a motorist driving a vehicle with no air in a tire,” he said in an affidavit.

That is exactly what it was, said the officer, who soon saw Farrah Kelly, 44, traveling north on Maynard Street with what appeared to be a blown out tire on the front driver’s side of her 2013 Ford Fusion about 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 7, the court document stated.

“I’m just trying to make it to my house, right here on Lycoming Creek Road,” she said as she pointed towards West Fourth Street, the affidavit stated. She knew she had a flat tire, the officer said. Lycoming Creek Road is about two miles away.

Hughes said he immediately detected a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle as well as from the woman’s breath. Kelly, of 2020 Lycoming Creek Road, appeared “disoriented” and “performed poorly” during a series of field sobriety tests, said the officer, who believed Kelly was too impaired to drive a vehicle safely. Kelly, whose speech was slurred, admitted she was coming from a bar, Hughes said. Kelly, who refused to provide a blood sample, has been charged with DUI and is free on $5,000 bail after she waived her preliminary hearing before District Judge Christian Frey.

In another case before Frey, Lapree Handy had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .11 when a state trooper stopped her 2012 Chevrolet Malibu for numerous vehicle-code violations — including driving with no headlights on — at West Fourth and Elmira streets in the city about 1 a.m. on Aug. 20, court records at the judge’s office stated.

Handy, 27, of 500 Lycoming St., apartment 9M, admitted to the trooper that she had been drinking alcoholic beverages, and she showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests, court records stated. She too is free on $5,000 bail after waiving her preliminary hearing.

In a third case before Frey, Travis Klinger, 34, of 1940 Princeton Ave., has already been charged multiple times with driving with a suspended license, but that did not stop him from driving his 2020 Toyota Camry to a business at East Third Street and Westminster about 12:45 a.m. on May 23, according to court records filed by state police.

Police responded to the business to investigate a disturbance involving Klinger and two other people, court records stated. Klinger, whose eyes were bloodshot and watery, admitted he had been drinking before getting behind the wheel of his car, police said, adding that he was already out of the vehicle when they arrived on the scene, but video taken from the business showed him pulling into their lot. Klinger, who showed signs of impairment during a series of field sobriety tests, refused to submit a blood sample, police said. Charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license, he too is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, traveling in excess of 100 mph as he entered Route 220 North from Main Street in Jersey Shore about 9:30 p.m. on July 19, motorcyclist Nathaniel Hennigan, 24, of 308 Elm St., Jersey Shore, repeatedly waved back to a Tiadaghton Valley Regional officer who was pursuing him in a cruiser with his siren and emergency lights activated, according to an affidavit. The officer began chasing him in the borough after seeing him weaving the cycle back and forth erratically in a travel lane, the court document said.

Hennigan traveled about two miles out of the borough before pulling over, putting up his hands and telling the officer he “didn’t mean to run” from him, the affidavit stated. “I detected a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from Hennigan, who slurred his words” as he spoke, the officer wrote in the court document. Charged with DUI, driving at unsafe speed and reckless driving, Hennigan had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .15, police said. He is free on $1,500 bail after waiving his preliminary hearing before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.

In another case handled by Lepley, when smoke suddenly started coming from the engine compartment of Elliot Braim’s 2007 Volkswagen in the 7400 of Route 220 in Woodward Township about 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 19, a state trooper wasted no time and removed the 34-year-old Lock Haven man who appeared unresponsive as he sat in the driver’s seat of his parked car.

The trooper had been dispatched to check on the welfare of a man believed to be sleeping in his car, but when the trooper pulled up, Braim was “unresponsive” with the car’s engine on, according to an affidavit. “Braim was sweating profusely, and his eyes rolled back in his head several times,” the trooper wrote in an affidavit. The driver regain consciousness soon after he was pulled from the car, police said. However, Braim’s speech was slurred, and his actions led the trooper to suspect “drug usage” was involved, the court document stated. Braim, who has been charged with DUI of a controlled substance, refused to provide a blood test and declined to be evaluated by a drug recognition expert. He has been sent a summons to appear before the judge.

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