Magisterial District Court Reports
Drug Possession

Deborah A. Briggs, 50, 325 Church Road, Mountain Top, has been charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a officer, possession of a controlled substance, driving while license suspended or revoked, and failure to stop at a stop sign. Charges were filed on July 20, 2017 by Ptlm. David Winsock of the Wright Township Police Department.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on July 20, 2017 Ptlm. Winsock was conducting traffic enforcement of a stop sign and other vehicle violations at the intersection of Church and S. Main roads when a white over gold 2003 Buick 4-door known to this officer to be driven by the Defendant identified as Deborah Briggs whose PA Driver’s License is currently suspended.

The vehicle was traveling westbound on Church Road when it failed to stop at a stop sign at this intersection. At this time Ptlm. Winsock positively identified Deborah. The Defendant failed to stop for Winsock’s lights and sirens. Ptlm. Winsock had reached the speed of 102 mph in his patrol car in an attempt to stop the Defendant. The Defendant eventually pulled into her residence to the rear of the driveway and exited the vehicle at the same time Ptlm. Winsock pursued the defendant on foot as she exited the vehicle and she was taken into custody.

The Defendant stated that she knew her license was under suspension and that she had just run to the store to pick up some iced tea. The Defendant was asked if there was any illegal contraband or drugs in her vehicle or in her purse that was on the front passenger seat. She stated no and that Ptlm. Winsock was able to search her vehicle and her purse.

As a result of the search of her purse, one white bag stamped “Power” of suspected heroin was located in the pocket of her purse on the inside.

While in custody, the Defendant was advised of her Miranda rights and was asked if the Defendant was holding any illegal drugs or contraband on her person and she initially stated no. A few minutes later, when asked by Ptlm. Joseph Benson of the Fairview Police department, who was assisting in the incident, if she was holding an illegal drugs or contract on her person, she admitted verbally to holding a bundle of heroin in her bra.

The Defendant was transported back to the Wright Township Police Department where she admitted for the second time that she was in possession of a bundle of heroin. At this time, the Wright Township Police Department Secretary, Carolyn Sromoski, assisted with the search of the female locating the bundle of heroin wrapped in a white tissue and the bundle was wrapped in a rubber band. In the bundle of heroin were a total of 12 bags, 10 of them stamped “Got Milk?” and two of them with the stamp “Power”. The defendant is known to Ptlm. Winsock to be driving frequently under a suspected driver’s license in the State of Pennsylvania and also a known drug user. The defendant did admit that she has been using heroin for about two years and has an $80 per day habit of using heroin.

A preliminary hearing ahs been scheduled September 20, 2017 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.

DUI

Eric Roy Savner, 26, 17 Anne St., Mountaintop, has been charged with DUI, careless driving, and prohibiting text-based communications stemming from an incident that took place on May 31, 2017. The charges were filed on August 2, 2017 by Officer Jocelyn Wadzin of the Fairview Township Police Department.

According the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on May 31, 2017 at approximately 9:50 p. m., Officer Wadzin was traveling south on S. Mountain Blvd. when she observed a dark colored sedan two cars in front of her swerve over the fog line. The vehicle then went over the broken white line and back over the fog line. The vehicle then made a right onto S. Main Road and began to drive in the middle of the roadway on the double yellow lines. The officer activated her lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle which had turned onto Edward St. and pulled into a parking lot where the officer conducted a traffic stop.

The officer advised the driver why he was being stopped and the driver told the officer he was almost home and that he had been texting. He was identified as Eric Savner. While speaking with Savner, the officer could immediately detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Savner’s breath. He had slurred speech and bloodshot glossy eyes. The officer asked for Savner’s license, registration and insurance. Savner told her his registration and insurance were on his phone. The officer asked for his driver’s license a second time. Savner told her he was coming from the golf course with his father and a had a few drinks when he was there. Officer Wadzin then requested assistance from Officer Stahley.

Officer Stahley and Officer DeLuca arrived on the scene and at this time, Officer Wadzin requested that Savner submit to field sobriety tests to which he agreed and subsequently failed. Saver admitted to consuming three beers at the golf course earlier in the day. Savner also agreed to perform a PBT to provide a sample of his breath and it was positive for alcohol.

Savner was taken into custody for suspicion of drunk driving. Savner was asked to submit to a blood test to which he agreed. He was transported to the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital by officers Wadzin and DeLuca. The result of the BAC was 0.178%.

A preliminary hearing ahs been scheduled September 20, 2017 at 10:30 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.