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Two Jersey Shore men charged with DUI in separate cases

JERSEY SHORE — Traveling in excess of 100 mph as he entered Route 220 North from Main Street in Jersey Shore about 9:30 p.m. on July 19, motorcyclist Nathaniel Hennigan, 24, of 308 Elm St., Jersey Shore, repeatedly waved back to a Tiadaghton Valley Regional officer who was pursuing him in a cruiser with his siren and emergency lights activated, according to an affidavit.

The officer began chasing him in the borough after seeing him weaving the cycle back and forth erratically in a travel lane, the court document said.

Hennigan traveled about two miles out of the borough before pulling over, putting up his hands and telling the officer he “didn’t mean to run” from him, the affidavit stated.

“I detected a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from Hennigan, who slurred his words” as he spoke, the officer wrote in the court document.

Charged with DUI, driving at unsafe speed and reckless driving, Hennigan had a blood-alcohol concentration level of .15, police said.

He is free on $1,500 bail after waiving his preliminary hearing before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.

In another case handled by Lepley, when smoke suddenly started coming from the engine compartment of Elliot Braim’s 2007 Volkswagen in the 7400 of Route 220 in Woodward Township about 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 19, a state trooper wasted no time and removed the 34-year-old Lock Haven man who appeared unresponsive as he sat in the driver’s seat of his parked car.

The trooper had been dispatched to check on the welfare of a man believed to be sleeping in his car, but when the trooper pulled up, Braim was “unresponsive” with the car’s engine on, according to an affidavit. “Braim was sweating profusely and his eyes rolled back in his head several times,” the trooper wrote in the affidavit. The driver regain consciousness soon after he was pulled from the car, police said. However, Braim’s speech was slurred, and his actions led the trooper to suspect “drug usage” was involved, the court document stated. Braim, who has been charged with DUI of a controlled substance, refused to provide a blood test and declined to be evaluated by a drug recognition expert. He has been sent a summons to appear before the judge.

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