DuBoistown resident Whitney Steele-Phillips had been “To hear and see things in his house”, so on the morning of March 15, she got behind the wheel of her 2015 Nissan and started looking “a Catholic church so that a priest can bless his house”, City police said the woman told them, according to court documents.
Steele-Phillips, 35, of 2416 Euclid Ave., was found unconscious in her car in the 300 block of Locust Street around 7:30 a.m., prompting someone to call the police.
As a policeman approached the vehicle, the woman suddenly came to her senses, panicked and walked forward until a passer-by yelled at her to stop, which she did, police said. in an affidavit. She told the officer that she was looking for a priest to bless her house, hoping that such a blessing “Fix some problems” she had had at the property. She had no idea how she got to Locust Street, police said.
“It was my belief that she was weakened by drugs”, the officer wrote in the affidavit. During a series of field sobriety tests, her actions led the officer to suspect that she was under the influence of a depressant and stimulant. Steele-Phillips authorized the police to search the car. In the vehicle, police seized three Klonopin pills (for which they did not have a prescription) and drug paraphernalia, court records show.
After a blood test confirmed there were three drugs in her system, including methamphetamines and amphetamines, Steele-Phillips was charged with impaired driving of controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving. She received a summons to appear before District Judge Christian Frey.
In another DUI case, moments after she was arrested near West Fourth and Campbell Streets in the city at around 1:20 a.m. on February 21, Caitlyn Kiessling, 28, of 1311 Meade St., admitted to a soldier from the ‘State that she had smoked marijuana at a friend’s house just two hours before.
Police arrested her because the registration lights on her 2001 Subaru Outback were not working and a headlight was also off, court records show. A blood test confirmed there was marijuana in his system, police said. Kiessling was charged with impaired driving of a controlled substance and issued a subpoena in front of Frey.
Another driver who will appear before the judge for drinking and driving is Kiasia Rorie, 23, of Harrisburg, who was pulled over by a state soldier on Little League Boulevard in the city at around 1:10 a.m. on April 11. because the insurance on it 2009 Lincoln Continental had been canceled, according to court records.
“I immediately detected a strong smell of processed marijuana coming from the vehicle” the soldier said, adding that Rorie admitted to having smoked marijuana a few hours earlier. A bag of marijuana was found in the center console, police said.
Rorie has shown that there is “Was a high probability” that she was under the influence of a controlled substance while undergoing a series of field sobriety tests, police said. She was charged with impaired driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving. There was no mention in the court records whether Rorie had submitted a blood sample.
In another case Frey deals with, Barry Artis, 34, of 1558 Scott Street, refused to provide a blood sample after being involved in two crashes within minutes around 9:45 p.m. on April 1, according to files from the court.
Patroller Andrew Stevens said he saw Artis’ 2004 Buick LeSabre crash into a utility pole on West Third and Arch streets. The driver got out, inspected the pole and then left the scene with the officer chasing him, court records show.
As Artis headed east on West Fourth Street, he suddenly sped up to 50mph in a 35mph speed zone, Stevens said in an affidavit. With the emergency lights and siren on, Artis’ vehicle slipped into a lane, court records show.
Artis turned north on Stevens Street, cutting the rearview mirror of a parked car and driving a short distance before stopping, Stevens said. Artis’ eyes were bloodshot and glassy. It turned out he was driving on a suspended license due to a drinking and driving conviction, the officer said. The driver refused to perform field sobriety tests, the officer said.
Charged with impaired driving, accidents involving damage to an unattended vehicle (hit-run), reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, Artis is free on $ 5,000 bail.
Ryan Hill, 24, of 2050 Roosevelt Ave., was also released on $ 5,000 bail, who was charged with drunk driving and reckless driving after his 2005 Honda Civic crashed into a parked vehicle in the 1500 block of High Street around 5 p.m. on January 7, city police said. Hill admitted to smoking marijuana around “one hour before (he starts) driving”, court records indicated.
In another DUI case, this one before District Judge Gary Whiteman, a blood test revealed that Ellen Sheaffer, 37, of 345 High St., Suite 3, had four different drugs in her system when her Ford Fiesta crashed into the back of another vehicle. driven by Heather Allison on Interstate 180 in Montoursville around 4:30 p.m. on April 2, borough police said in an affidavit.
Allison, driving a Subaru Outback, was traveling at around 55 mph when she was struck, police said. Two grandchildren, aged 1 and 4, were in the vehicle with her, police added.
Court records indicate that Sheaffer was having a seizure and was taken to UPMC Williamsport by ambulance. Charged with impaired driving of controlled substances and recklessly endangering another person, she is released on $ 5,000 bail.