Man faces hearing after DUI incident in Troy Twp.
TROY - An Arkansas man was charged with DUI after police said he drove his truck into a garbage can at the Dandy Mini Mart around 3 a.m. July 2 in Troy Township, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.
The papers note that Steven James Jeffers, 32, of East Jackson Street, Hamburg, Ark., faces a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Sept. 3 before Wilcox on two counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance and summary careless driving for the incident.
In an affidavit, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Sweeney said that he was dispatched to the Dandy Mini Mart at approximately 3:15 a.m. July 2 in Troy Township for a report of a man who drove his truck into the parking lot and struck a garbage can. He said it was reported that the man was asleep behind the wheel of his truck.
Upon arrival, Sweeney saw a red Ford Ranger pickup truck in the parking lot, with its front end against the garbage can. He saw the driver, later confirmed to be Jeffers, asleep behind the wheel.
Sweeney said he explained to Jeffers that he struck the garbage can, and Jeffers was very confused. According to Sweeney, a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanated from Jeffers, and he saw unopened beer cans on the passenger seat of the truck.
Sweeney said a Dandy Mini Mart employee said she was working inside the store, when she saw the Ford Ranger drive into the parking lot and strike the garbage can.
She said the driver got out of the vehicle and came into the store for some purchases, and then left the store and went back into his vehicle, falling asleep.
Police said a forensic analysis of Jeffers' blood on July 11 revealed a blood-alcohol content of .239 percent.
Wilcox said Jeffers was sent a summons by certified mail.
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