An Athens man charged earlier this month with driving while under the influence in an Athens Township motor vehicle accident was arraigned Tuesday on a third DUI charge in a two-week span.

Athens Township police charged Richard Henry Laye Jr., 54, with driving while under the influence and operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license Dec. 28 at the Dandy Mini Mart on Wolcott Hollow Road in Greens Landing, according to a criminal complaint filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw's office.

Following his arraignment, Laye was remanded to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Laye waived his preliminary hearing in district court, according to court information.

Police said an officer patrolling the Greens Landing area at about 10:08 p.m. Dec. 28 noticed a blue 2000 Ford Windstar van parked at the store, with Laye passed out in the driver's seat. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle reported earlier in Athens Borough; according to police, at around 3 p.m. Dec. 28, the driver of the vehicle was reported to be passed out behind the wheel at the intersection of River and Vanderbilt streets.

Laye told police that he had "a couple" of alcoholic beverages that day and, when asked where he was, told police that they were in Elmira, N.Y., police said.

Laye failed a field sobriety test, and a blood alcohol test later revealed that Laye's blood alcohol content was .25 percent on the day of his arrest, police said. Police later observed that the vehicle's registration and inspection sticker belonged to a different vehicle, according to reports.

State police arrested Laye at about 2 a.m. Dec. 28 in Wysox Township for a similar offense, police said. Laye has been issued a summons to appear March 4 before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on charges of DUI, driving without a license, disregarding a traffic lane and careless driving in that case, according to information filed with the court.

Athens Township police also arrested Laye Jan. 6 and charged him with DUI and failure to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle accident following a two-car motor vehicle accident at West Pine Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, according to information filed in district court.

Police also cited Laye for several traffic violations, including operating a vehicle without a valid inspection, violations of use or certificate of inspection, operating a vehicle without insurance, operating an unregistered vehicle, unauthorized transfer or use of registration, operating a vehicle without a valid license, careless driving and reckless driving, according to the complaint.

Following the accident, Laye was arraigned and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Laye waived his hearing Tuesday in district court and is scheduled to appear in the county Court of Common Pleas Feb. 6 for a formal arraignment.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.