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claimed he was in but as unable to locate anyone within the vehicle. A vehicle registration check revealed the defendant did own the vehicle. The defendant began to tear up and apologize for driving to Turkey Hill to buy a pack of cigarettes.
The defendant was taken into custody and transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for BAC testing.
The charges were filed before District Magistrate Ronald Swank, Wright Township. Toxicology results showed the defendant’s BAC to be 0.184% which exceeds the legal limit of 0.08%.
Mountaintop resident Matthew E. Anderson, Mystic Drive, was cited with two counts of Driving Under the Influence and Careless Driving stemming from an incident that took place on March 16, 2014 in Fairview Township. Fairview PD Cpl. Dennis Monk filed the charges on April 16, 2014.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, at 1:48 am, Cpl. Monk was on patrol on Route 309 northbound in the area of Whistle Stop Pizza when he observed a vehicle traveling southbound that did not appear to be completely on the roadway. The officer turned his patrol vehicle around and got behind the vehicles on Route 309 at the intersection of Kirby Avenue. While traveling, the officer observed that the lead vehicle would speed up for a short distance and then slow down, turn into the center turn lane and back into the driving lane. The vehicle then swerved over partially into the right driving lane and then back to the left. After following the vehicle, the officer initiated a traffic stop on Route 309 in the area of Luigi’s Pizza.
Cpl. Monk approached the vehicle to speak to the driver but the diver stared forward. The officer tapped on the window and asked the driver to roll it down. The driver got out of his vehicle and produced his license and registration that identified him as Matthew Anderson. He was unable to locate the insurance. The officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Anderson’s breath, and his eyes were blood shot and glossy. When asked where he was coming from, Anderson said he was at his father’s house in Scranton for his birthday. He stated he had 3 or 4 drinks (12 oz beers) which he drank two hours prior. Anderson was given and failed a field sobriety test. He was placed under arrest for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Anderson was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for Blood Alcohol Testing. Results indicated his BAC was 0.246%.