Criminal charges filed:
lKenneth Roy Miller, 23, Harrisville.
Charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor; and operation of an unregistered motor vehicle, operation of a vehicle without insurance, disregarding a single traffic lane, turning without making required signals, careless driving, reckless driving, and failure to use a safety belt, all summary offenses, at 12:12 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019, in Elk Township.
State police Tpr. John Dubovi was conducting a routine patrol traveling northbound on Knight Town Road when he saw a vehicle in front of him at the stop sign located at the intersection of Knight Town Road and Pine City Road.
The vehicle proceeded from the stop sign, turning left onto Pine City road without using a turn signal. Upon following the vehicle, Dubovi observed it swerve across the road from shoulder to shoulder multiple times.
Dubovi made contact with the driver, identified as Miller. A strong odor of alcohol allegedly emanated from Miller and his eyes were glassy and blood shot. Miller allegedly admitted to consuming an alcoholic beverage at his residence. Miller's speech was thick and slurred.
Miller did not perform field sobriety tests as instructed and demonstrated signs of impairment consistent with being under the influence of alcohol.
Blood draw results indicated Miler's blood contained .218 percent alcohol. Filed by Dubovi.
lLoni Wayne Hepler, 54, Knox.
Charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor; and failure to drive on the right side of the roadway, disregarding a single traffic lane, depositing waste on a highway, careless driving, and failure to use a safety belt, all summary offenses, at 6:59 p.m. Nov. 23, 2019, in Knox Borough.
While turning onto State Route 208 east bound during patrol, state police Tpr. David G. McBride witnessed a vehicle straddling the double yellow line on a blind hill.
The vehicle continued for approximately four miles, crossing over the fog and center line numerous times. Just prior to entering Knox Borough, a lit cigarette was thrown from the driver's side of the vehicle.
McBride made contact with the driver, identified as Hepler. According to the complaint, McBride could detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Hepler. Hepler's eyes were glassy and his speech was slow and drawn out.
Hepler provided McBride with his license and insurance, but not a vehicle registration. Helper was not wearing a seatbelt.
Sobriety tests performed by Hepler showed signs of impairment. Hepler also submitted to a preliminary breath test, which displayed his blood to be over the legal limit.
A blood draw indicated Hepler's blood contained .195 percent alcohol.
Filed by McBride.
lKurt Robert Frey, 51, Clarion.
Charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a schedule one controlled substance, driving under the influence of a schedule two controlled substance, and driving under the influence of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors; and disregarding a single traffic lane, exceeding maximum speed limits, and careless driving, all summary offenses, Dec. 11, 2019, in Elk Township.
While on stationary patrol at the intersection of U.S. Route 322 and State Route 208 in Shippenville Borough, state police Tpr. Tate Allison witnessed a vehicle traveling west on U.S. Route 322 and turning right to travel onto State Route 208.
While attempting to make the turn, the subject vehicle's right rear tire struck the curb on the northeast side of the intersection. Allison began to follow the vehicle, which traveled at speeds no less than 50 miles per hour in a marked 35 miles per hour area.
The vehicle then continued traveling north on State Route 208 at speeds no less than 70 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone.
The vehicle continued travel and initially failed to yield to Allison's emergency lights and siren for approximately 1.25 miles.
Allison made contact with Frey, who allegedly related he did not have his driver's license but provided his name and date of birth. According to the complaint, Frey's pupils were constricted and he appeared anxious, making furtive uncoordinated movements.
Allison conducted a safety search of Frey. Frey retrieved a metal spoon containing what appeared to be a small wet cotton ball from his shirt pocket. Frey allegedly related he used the spoon for suboxone.
Field sobriety tests were partially conducted in the parking lot of the Clarion Hospital due to safety concerns along State Route 208. During the demonstration, Frey allegedly asked if he could just go inside and give blood.
Blood draw results indicated Frey's blood contained amphetamine, methamphetamine, THC, fentanyl and nortfentanyl.
Filed by Allison.