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“yes I had 2 or 3 beers”. Due to the serious nature of the injuries to Chupela, the officer advised Chupela that he was going to Subpoena all his medical records form the hospital to determine if there was any alcohol and/or any legal or illegal drugs in his system.

The officer served a search warrant on June 3, 2014 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital for Chupela’s medical records for the dates of May 24 and 25, 2014. The medical records showed Chupela had a blood alcohol level of 0.079% and that his blood tested positive for Cannabinoids and Benzodiazepines.

Chupela was interviewed at his residence on June 3, 2014 and stated that on the night of the accident he was at King’s Pizza eating and drinking alcohol and that he eventually left King’s, stopping at Turkey Hill and then headed to meet friends for a party at Blytheburn Road. Chupela said the last thing he remembered was turning onto Church Road and then waking up in the hospital. When the officer advised Chupela that he tested positive for Cannabinoids and Benzodiazepines the night of the accident, Chupela stated he used marijuana and admitted to smoking marijuana. The defendant did admit and accept responsibility during the interview for his actions the night of the accident.

Upon investigation of the accident, it was determined that due to the defendant’s speed of his vehicle and his actions are what caused the accident, severely injuring the victim, Lisa Luksic. Luksic is requiring continued extensive medical treatment.

A preliminary hearing for Chupela is set for July 16, 2014 at 10:30 a. m.

Suzanne Chupela, 48, Erik Chupela’s mother, also of 92 S. Mountain Blvd., was arrested and charged on July 2, 2014 by the Wright Twp. Police, for Tamper With/Fabricate Physical Evidence. Suzanne Chupela entered and removed evidence from the vehicle operated by her son that was involved in the accident on May 24, 2014.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on May 27, 2014, Officer David Winsock was notified by Ayers Towing owner, Todd Ayers, that on May 25 and May 26, his dispatch had received numerous calls from the owner and family members of the 2007 Toyota Camry involved in an accident on May 24, 2014. The owner and family members wanted to remove personal belongings that were in the vehicle. On May 25, 2014, the owner of the vehicle, Joseph C. Durkin, 75 Summit Road, Mountaintop, and his daughter Denise, went to the impound yard and removed various items from the vehicle such as the owner’s wallet and personal items.

On May 24, 2014, Suzanne Chupela phoned Ayers Towing and requested to get into the 2007 Toyota Camry and removes some personal items from the vehicle her son was driving that was involved in an accident on May 24, 2014. Ayers Towing dispatch had a tow truck driver, Thomas Matthew, respond to the impound yard to meet with Suzanne Chupela and her boyfriend, John Christman, Palmerton, PA. Tow truck driver Matthew was standing next to the vehicle as Suzanne Chupela began to explain to him that her son, Erik Chupela, told her he had marijuana in the car and that she had to get the marijuana before there were was any investigation. Thomas Matthew then asked Suzanne Chupela is she got the marijuana. Chupela stated yes and showed the marijuana to him and put it in her right front pocket. She stated to Thomas Matthew that she was worried about what police would say to her son.

Christman stated to Chupela and Matthew that when the police ask any questions, everyone is to say that they feel intimated and scared and they can’t answer any questions. Chupela and her boyfriend, Christman, drove away from the impound yard.

Officer Winsock interviewed Suzanne Chupela on May 28, 2014. Chupela came to the police station and refused to answer any questions and requested to speak to an attorney because she felt intimidated and scared. The interview stopped immediately.

John Christmas was contacted several times via phone by the officer from May 28, 2014 to June 29, 2014 with negative response from Christman.

A preliminary hearing is set for July 16, 2014 at 10:30 a. m. for Suzanne Chupela.