Police find man suspected in DUI wreck drinking a beer. He allegedly ran while receiving medical treatment HELLERTOWN, Pa. – The Northampton County man accused in the drunk driving crash that sent his truck through a storefront was allegedly drinking a beer when police found him following a search.Keith A. Zerby Jr., of Clauser Street in Hellertown, is facing DUI and related charges in connection with the wreck about 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of Main Street. District Judge Antonia Grifo arraigned the 36-year-old Friday evening, setting bail at $30,000.Authorities said Zerby crashed his flatbed truck into three vehicles before plowing through the front of the VapeMeister store at 650 Main St. A borough police officer said Zerby appeared confused and disoriented after the wreck and summoned paramedics to treat minor cuts to his face, according to court records.Police also planned on having him evaluated for a suspected DUI.An officer told Zerby that he needed to speak with him before he was taken to the hospital. While the officer gathered information about the other vehicles damaged in the crash and assisted with a fuel leak from the truck, Zerby allegedly hopped out of the ambulance and ran west on Main Street, according to records.Police searched for Zerby for about 45 minutes. Lower Saucon Township police found him drinking a beer in the Cinder Banks area near the Saucon Creek.He was taken into custody, and authorities obtained a search warrant for a blood draw, which was done at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill.Police charged Zerby with driving under the influence, escape, flight to avoid apprehension and careless driving. He was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 25 after failing to post bail.
Man accused of knocking down utility poles with car charged with OUI: Worcester police arrested a man on Main Street Wednesday afternoon after he crashed into two light poles while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.Police responded to 1140 Main St. around 12:09 p.m. for the reported motor vehicle accident. When police arrived, they observed that two vehicles were involved in the crash.One man was already being treated for injuries when police arrived. Witnesses told police that the man, later identified as Robert Kniskern Jr., was the driver who struck the two aluminum light poles.The driver was near Park Ave Auto when he suddenly swerved into one of the poles, the impact of which forced his vehicle across the street into a second pole, police said. After striking the second pole, Kniskern crashed into another car, operated by a 56-year-old man.Police said witnesses observed Kniskern slumped over the driver’s wheel prior to the crash.Before Kniskern was transported to the hospital, police spoke briefly with the driver. Based on their conversation with Kniskern, witness reports and evidence from the scene, police ascertained that he was operating under the influence of narcotics.A background check also showed that Kniskern was wanted for two outstanding warrants. Kniskern was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating a vehicle to endanger and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, his third offense.Police received a search warrant for Kniskern’s vehicle and discovered a hypodermic needle and syringe with a bottle of 50MG Natrexone Hydrochloride.No other injuries were reported at the scene.Kniskern is expected to be arraigned in Worcester District Courthouse Thursday.
Prosecuting and defense attorneys are recommending a three-year prison term for a man who caused a drunken-driving crash that ended a woman’s pregnancy.
Tony S. Muldrow, 39, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the Aug. 13, 2016, crash on the East Side.
The maximum combined penalty for the offenses is 10 years, but the attorneys recommended a lesser sentence as part of a plea agreement. The conviction also will bring a mandatory driver’s license suspension, which can range from three years to a lifetime.
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and scheduled sentencing for May 25.
Muldrow was driving south on South Hamilton Road when his GMC Yukon went left of center and slammed head-on into a northbound Honda Accord that was stopped at a traffic light in the left-turn lane at Dundee Avenue, said Assistant Prosecutor William Walton.
Muldrow drove off but was apprehended when his SUV became disabled on the ramp to eastbound Interstate 70. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.186 percent, Walton said. It is illegal to drive at a level of 0.08 or above.
The passenger in the Honda, Ghislain Ngolo, 23, was injured, and the fetus she was carrying was killed. The driver of the car, Roseline Keni, 36, also was injured.
Muldrow will remain free on bond while awaiting sentencing.
Canada’s Liberal government goes ‘bold’ and ‘risky’ by legalization of marijuana: The Liberal government – as promised during the 215 election campaign – is moving ahead with legalizing recreational marijuana use for those 18 and older.It’s being called a “bold and risky social experiment” by many and would include tough laws against illicit dealers and those who break them.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said legalizing pot is the best way to keep the drug from being used by younger, impressionable children.The law change would become effective in July of next year and end the prohibition on marijuana use that Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said has been an “abject failure.”Police forces are spending billions of dollars and countless resources dealing with drug use while dealers are profiting by up to $8 billion a year, he said.Liberal politician Bill Blair, former Toronto police chief, said this will promote the “safe, socially responsible use” of marijuana while at the same time rigidly enforcing impaired driving whether by drugs or alcohol.The Conservative party called the legalization a bad idea while the socialist New Democrats wanted it sooner.
Trial rescheduled for Charles Pickett Jr. in fatal bicycle crash: Charles Pickett Jr. appears in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court for a motion hearing Thursday, March 16, 2017. Pickett’s trial is expected to begin April 25 in Judge Paul J. Bridenstine’s courtroom. Pickett faces five counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, five counts of second-degree murder and four counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury in the June 7, 2016 crash. He could face up to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. (Mark Bugnaski/MLive.com) (Mark Bugnaski)People in the courtroom watch as Charles Pickett Jr. appears in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court for a motion hearing Thursday, March 16, 2017, Judge Paul J. Bridenstine’s courtroom. (Mark Bugnaski/MLive.com)CLOSEMore share options:By Emily Monacelli | email@example.com CLOSEFollow on TwitterKALAMAZOO, MI — The trial has been rescheduled for Charles Pickett Jr., a Battle Creek man accused of driving drugged and plowing into a group of bicyclists in Kalamazoo County, killing five and injuring four.Pickett’s trial is expected to start with jury selection Sept. 18 and opening statements Sept. 19 in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Paul J. Bridenstine’s courtroom, according to court documents. His trial had been scheduled for jury selection on April 24 and opening statements April 25.A settlement conference is scheduled for Sept. 15.Pickett’s defense attorney Alan Koenig in March filed a notice to use the insanity defense in Pickett’s case. He has been ordered to undergo an evaluation for criminal responsibility at the state’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti, which has caused a delay in the case.Pickett, 50, faces five counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, five counts of second-degree murder and four counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury in the June 7, 2016 crash on North Westnedge Avenue in Cooper Township. He could face up to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.Several witnesses testified at Pickett’s preliminary examination in November they saw Pickett driving erratically, and a Kalamazoo Township police officer who was at the scene said he was “completely out of it” after the crash, was slurring words and seemed under the influence of something.Police say Pickett crashed his pickup truck into the nine bicyclists who were out for ride as part of the “Chain Gang” bicycle group. Pickett’s girlfriend told police he downed handfuls of pain pills and muscle relaxers before getting behind the wheel. Several witnesses testified at Pickett’s November preliminary examination they saw him driving erratically before the crash.Pickett was found competent to stand trial in August 2016 and ordered to stand trial in November.Meanwhile, Bridenstine also will decide whether a previous DUI arrest of Pickett can be used as evidence at trial. He was arrested for operating under the influence in Rhea County, Tenn., in February 2011, but the charges were later dropped.Killed in the crash north of Kalamazoo were: Debra Ann Bradley , 53, of Augusta; Melissa Ann Fevig Hughes , 42, of Kalamazoo; Fred Anton “Tony” Nelson , 73, of Kalamazoo; Lorenz John “Larry” Paulik , 74, of Kalamazoo and Suzanne Joan Sippel , 56, of Augusta.The four seriously injured were Paul Douglas Gobble, 47 of Richland, Sheila Diane Jeske, 53, of Richland, Jennifer Lynn Johnson, 40 of Kalamazoo and Paul Lewis Runnels, 65, of Richland.