State trooper arrests 7 motorists for DUI in less than 7 weeks
Between early Christmas morning and Feb. 8, state Trooper Robert Jacobs — while on routine patrol in the city — got six motorists off the road who allegedly were either under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A seventh driver he stopped was under the influence of both, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Christian Frey.
In all cases, Jacobs detected a strong to moderate odor of alcohol or marijuana coming from the vehicles. All the the drivers had bloodshot and glassy eyes, he noted in court papers. All seven were charged with DUI and careless driving.
Among those charged was Tyshawn Ranson, 31, of 759 W. Fourth St., who Jacobs stopped at West Fourth and Campbell streets about 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day because of there was a burned-out taillight on his 2009 Toyota Camry. During questioning, the driver admitted to drinking a “a bottle of wine,” the trooper wrote in an affidavit.
Ransom’s blood-alcohol content level was .10, Jacobs said.
Another motorist, Dalton Raymond, 29, of 657 Campbell St., was pulled over near Locust Street and Locust Place because the center brake light on his car was out, the trooper said. A blood rest revealed marijuana in Raymond’s system.
Two of the motorists were stopped on Dec. 28 because neither one was driving with their lights on when it was dark, Jacobs said.
Driving a 2008 Hyundai station wagon, Mary Gozales, 36, of 2611 Linn St., was stopped at West Edwin and Campbell streets about 2:30 a.m. Her blood-alcohol content level was .19, the trooper said.
Later the same day, Jacobs stopped Lisa Salgado, 31, 1678 Taylor Place, at High and Oliver streets. Her blood-alcohol content level was .12., Jacobs said.
Justice Leidhecker, 34, of 1549 Scott St., was stopped at West Fourth and Diamond streets about 12:10 a.m. on Dec. 26 because one headlight on his 1999 Subaru station wagon was burned out, the trooper said.
The driver admitted to smoking marijuana hours earlier, and a blood test confirmed that the controlled substance was in his system, according to an affidavit.
Another motorist, Logan Jack, 20, of 945 Vine Ave., also admitted to Jacobs to smoking marijuana a few hours before the trooper stopped his 1989 Honda at Maynard and Hadley streets about 8 p.m. on Jan. 13.
When Jacobs stopped a car driven by Linda Thompson, of 458 Memorial Ave. at Center Street and Memorial Avenue in the city about 9:20 p.m. on Feb. 8, the 58-year-old woman was believed to be under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, according to court records.
Thompson refused to provide a blood sample, but she admitted to smoking marijuana an hour earlier, Jacobs said, adding that he detected both “a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle and a strong odor of burnt marijuana” from the driver.
All seven drivers are scheduled to have preliminary hearings this week before Frey.
Read more in Tuesday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette