Three motorists charged with DUI

While Jolene Blase was undergoing a series of field sobriety tests near Northway Road and Four Mile Drive in Loyalsock Township about 6 p.m. Dec. 17, the 39-year-old motorist showed “many indicators of being impaired,” a state trooper wrote in an affidavit.

Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Northway Road to check on the welfare of “an unresponsive person inside a vehicle,” and when they arrived, they saw Blase sitting in the driver’s seat of her pickup truck with the windows up and the engine running. “She was unsteady on her feet” when the trooper asked her to get out, court records stated. She did not know where her keys were until after the trooper reached inside and shut off the ignition, an affidavit stated.

The trooper said in the affidavit that Blase, of 405 Person Ave., appeared to be “under the influence of a drug or combination of drugs which impaired her ability to safely drive.” Charged with DUI of a controlled substance, Blase submitted a blood sample, but the results were not recorded in the affidavit. She is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, when Kristian Swinehart was pulled over in the 700 block of Tucker Street in the city because her Honda Accord crossed the fog line and centerline about 6:10 p.m. on May 2, the 29-year-old woman admitted to a state trooper that she smoked marijuana, according to an affidavit.

“I could detect a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Swinehart’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy,” the trooper said in the court document. During a series of standard field sobriety tests, Swinehart, of 725 Tucker St., showed “a high probability of being under the influence,” a trooper said, adding that a blood sample confirmed there was marijuana in her system. Charged with DUI and careless driving, she is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, after his 2016 Nissan Rogue crossed the yellow line or white line three times on Lycoming Creek Road in Hepburn Township about 9:50 p.m. on July 3, Nicholas J. Cuozzo, 28, of 5957 Lycoming Creek Road, lot 6D, was stopped by Old Lycoming Township police, according to court records.

“I immediately could smell the odor of alcoholic substance coming from the vehicle,” an officer wrote in an affidavit. Cuozzo showed numerous signs of impairment while undergoing a series of field sobriety test, and his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot, the officer said. Charged with DUI, Cuozzo, who had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .17, has been sent a summons to appear before Solomon.


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