Christopher L. Brown, 36, of 346 Lily Lake Road, Wapwallopen, has been charged with two counts of DUI, Restrictions on Alcoholic Beverages, Careless Driving and Disregard Traffic Lane stemming from an incident that took place on June 11, 2017. The charges were filed on June 30, 2017 by Ptlm. Brian Stout of the Rice Township Police Department.
According to the Affidavit of Probable, Cause, on June 11, at about 4:57 p. m., Ptlm. Stout observed a dark gray Audi at the intersection of Nuangola and Blytheburn roads operating at a high rate of speed, well over the posted 25 mph speed limit westbound on Nuangola Road towards Slocum Township. Ptlm. Stout turned onto Nuangola Road and attempted to catch up to the vehicle which was drifting into the oncoming lane at the crest of a hill and around several narrow corners.
The vehicle continued to operate at a high rate of speed without a shoulder in many places and several driveways that are hidden. Ptlm. Stout activated the emergency lights and siren and increased his vehicle to catch up. Both vehicles traveled about 1.3 miles before the officer was able to catch up to the Audi and got behind it in the area of 6000 Nuangola Road. The Audi began to slow down. The vehicle pulled into the parking lot of the Slocum VFW.
Ptlm. Stout approached the vehicle and identified himself. The operator was identified as Christopher Brown who apologized and stated he knew he was going too fast. He stated he was coming from Wilkes-Barre and was just out cruising and having fun.
While speaking to Brown, Ptlm. Stout detected an odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from his breath as well as a single beer can laying on the rear passenger seat. Ptlm. Stout ran an information check of the vehicle which showed the driver’s license and vehicle registration were current and valid. Ptlm.
Stout asked Brown is he was under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs and he stated no. He was asked where the beer can had come from and he stated he purchased it at the bar. Ptlm. Brown was also advised the officer could smell the odor of alcohol and asked how much he had to drink. Brown stated he had 4-5 beers earlier. P
tlm. Stout observed a clear plastic cup in the center console cup holder with cloudy liquid inside and asked Brown what it was. Brown stated Sprite and handed the cup to the officer. Ptlm. Stout smelled the liquid which had the odor of alcohol. Brown was requested to step out of the vehicle and while he was doing so, the officer observed an open Milelr Lite beer can on the driver’s side rear floor.
Ptlm. Stout asked Brown to submit to field sobriety tests and he complied. After failing the tests, Brown was asked to submit to a Portbale Breath test for alcohol and he complied. The test was positive.
Brown was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. A chemical test of blood performed at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. Brown’s Blood alcohol content was determined to be .105% within two hours of operating a motor vehicle.
A preliminary hearing has been continued to August 16, 2017 at 10:00 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.