Police Briefs 10/13/2013
The following people were recently charged with driving while under the influence in Bradford County:
Lee S. Ray, 43, of Warehouse Road, Canton. Ray has also been charged by Towanda police with careless driving, operating a vehicle without proper registration, operating an uninspected motor vehicle, and possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. Ray was arrested following a traffic stop on Sept. 28 near the Elks club in Towanda. A blood test eventually revealed that Ray's blood alcohol content was .158 percent on the day of his arrest. Ray has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Nov. 6.
Robert James Foster, 27, of Route 6, Towanda, was cited by Towanda police with DUI following an investigation on State Street at the parking lot of First Citizens bank on July 11. After being taken into custody, Foster agreed to submit to a blood test at Memorial Hospital, which revealed his blood alcohol content was .235 percent on the day of his arrest. Foster has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Nov. 6.
Frederick D. Bombacie, 57, of Oxbow Road, Waverly, N.Y., has also been charged by Towanda police with illegally operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock system, operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked - DUI related, driving on the wrong side of the road, crossing the center line of traffic, operating his vehicle at an unsafe speed, careless driving, reckless driving, providing false reports to the authorities, failure to wear his safety belt, and open lewdness.
Bombacie was charged after Towanda police were dispatched to Elm Street and North Fourth Street in Towanda to investigate a reported motor vehicle accident. Following his arrest, Bombacie refused to submit to a blood alcohol test.
Bombacie has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark on Oct. 30.
Laptop stolen from Aaron's
Ray A. Pace, 29, of Towanda has been charged with theft of leased property after police allege he sold a laptop that he leased from Aaron's Lease to Own in Wysox Township.
Police said Pace sold the laptop to the Eagle's Nest electronics shop in Wysox for $150.
Pace was arraigned on Oct. 1 before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw and remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Drunk man tries to outwit cops
Dustin Allen Westbrook, 28, of Towanda has been charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving while under the influence, recklessly endangering another person, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and driving with a suspended or revoked license relating to an Oct. 8 incident on State Route 6 in Wysox Township.
According to police, Westbrook was driving east when he crossed into the westbound lane of travel. Police spotted this and attempted to pull Westbrook over, who increased his speed and attempted to elude.
When out of sight of the police, Westbrook pulled the vehicle to the side of the road and stood next to the car. After police caught up, Westbrook claimed that he had not been driving the vehicle and that the driver had fled, however video surveillance from a nearby house was found by police that showed Westbrook exiting the vehicle and waiting for police to arrive. No driver could be seen fleeing the scene on foot like Westbrook claimed.
Police said Westbrook had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and he was placed under arrest at the scene.
Westbrook was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on Oct. 8 and remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judge Wheaton on Oct. 15.
Ulster man steals from rental property
Michael Jason Voight, 28, of Ulster has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition relating to an incident that occurred sometime between Aug. 30 and Sept. 28 on Shotgun Hollow Road in Burlington Township.
According to police, Voight removed multiple items from a property he was renting without permission from the owner. Police said Voight then sold these items at Towanda Iron and Metal for scrap.
Charges were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, state police said.