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JS man jailed unfit for arraignment refuses to come out of prison cell the next day

JERSEY SHORE — Samuel Collins, committed Sunday to the Lycoming County Prison after he was declared unfit for arraignment, refused to come out of his cell Monday morning when District Judge Christian Frey was prepared to conduct the formal proceeding, according to court records. Frey proceeded anyway and ordered that the 41-year-old Jersey Shore man remain behind bars in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Collins, of 405 Allegheny St., apartment 1, was taken into custody about 1 a.m. Sunday on charges of felony fleeing police, resisting arrest, careless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia after state troopers stopped his 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt at West Fourth and Laurel streets in the city, according to an affidavit submitted by Trooper Stephen Schram.. The driver was stopped for failing to use a turn signal.

“I immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the car. Collins’ eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and his speech was slurred,” the trooper wrote in the the court document.

The driver refused to get out of the vehicle and told the troopers “they would have to shoot him as he made a furtive movement to the car’s glove box,” Schram said. When Collins attempted to flee with the vehicle, troopers were forced to deploy a taser, which disabled him and allowed the police to take him into custody. In plain view in the vehicle was drug paraphernalia, police said.

Collins was taken to UPMC Williamsport, but he refused to submit to a blood test, the affidavit stated. He was released to police custody after being medically cleared. He was brought before Frey about 6:15 a.m., but jailed after the judge ruled him unfit. Defendants declared such are arraigned the next day. Frey said he has never heard of a situation where someone locked up refused the next day to come out of their cell to attend to the matter.

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