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District judge handles DUI, drug cases in Jersey Shore

JERSEY SHORE — Arriving at Arby’s on Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore to investigate a report of a possible drunk driver in the drive-thru, Tiadaghton Valley Regional Patrolman Tyler Bierly immediately spotted the bloodshot eyes of Ronald Vanemon sitting behind the wheel of a 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck, according to court records.

“I detected a moderate odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle,” Bierly said, adding that in talking with the 58-year-old Vanemon, he noticed the driver’s speech was slurred.

Vanemon, of 195 Harvest Moon Park, Linden, told the officer “numerous times that he only had three beers,” according to Bierly’s affidavit. The officer was dispatched to the eatery about 1:50 p.m. on June 20.

Vanemon provided a blood sample that revealed the his blood-alcohol content level at the time was .14, Bierly said.

When he came to the police station the next day to pick up his driver’s license and his truck’s registration, Vanemon made “numerous comments about getting smashed.

Leaving the station, he poured out a non-alcoholic drink in the driveway,” and then in an apparent attempt to taunt the officers, he lifted an unopened can of beer inside his truck before driving off, Bierly said.

A week after the incident, Vanemon came to the station and allegedly told one officer that “he would blow his head off if he received charges in the mail,” according to the affidavit.

Charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Vanemon was arraigned before District Judge Jerry Lepley and released on 2,500 bail.

Bierly also arrested another motorist for DUI, Matthew Kline, 24, of 409 S. Main St., Jersey Shore, following a hit-run accident that occurred in the 100 block of Locust Street in the borough about 3:15 p.m. on May 13.

Within minutes after the crash, Bierly tracked down Kline at his apartment after a witness to the crash saw him going into apartment building.

After several minutes of knocking on the apartment door, Kline finally came to the door with a blank stare on his face, the officer said.

“I could smell alcohol (on Kline) even through the mask I was wearing as a precaution for COVID-19. He told me his car has not moved in months. I told him neighbors saw him hit a stop sign and a fence (with his car),” Bierly said in an affidavit.

“I told him to put his shoes on and come downstairs. He looked down at his feet. He only had on a pair of socks. With slurred speech, he said ‘I do have my shoes on.’ I told him he did not and to put them on,” the officer said. Kline’s blood-alcohol content level was .24, Bierly said.

Charged with DUI, reckless driving and accidents involving damage to unattended property, Kline waived his preliminary hearing before Lepley and was released on $1,500 bail.

In a drug related case, Brandi Teneyck, 44, of 418 S. Main St., Jersey Shore, has been charged by Old Lycoming Township police with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1900 block of Green Avenue on Feb. 13. She has been sent a summons to appear before Solomon.

In Jersey Shore, Lee Brungard, 29, of 915 Hulings Road, Linden, has been charged with possession of bath salts and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 100 block of Tomb Avenue on June 11, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional police. A bench warrant for his arrest was expected to be filed after he failed to appear for his preliminary hearing,

Concerning another drug case in the borough, Jacqueline Brookens, 46, of 712 Allegheny St., apartment 4, has been charged with possessing cocaine, hydrocodone pills without a prescription and drug paraphernalia at her apartment on June 2, according to the Tiadaghton Valley Regional police. She is also charged by the same department with possessing marijuana in her apartment on April 28. She is free on a total of $40,000 bail.

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