Magisterial District Court Reports
DUISuspended License

Rhonda Gurdock, 44, 183 Nuangola Rd., Mountaintop, has been charged with DUI and driving while license is suspended or revoked. The charges were filed by Ptlm Andrew Hashagen, Rice Township Police Department.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on July 13, 2016 while on patrol on Nuangola Road, Ptlm. Hashagen saw a convertible sedan pull into the Upper Ice Lakes Park. At dark, the park is closed and no one is allowed in. The officer walked to the driver, later identified as Rhonda Gurdock, the defendant. As the officer approached the vehicle, the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected coming from the driver. The officer asked the defendant if she had been drinking and she said yes. The defendant had slurred speech and glossy eyes. Hashagan asked for her ID and she looked several times but was unable to locate it. While looking for her ID the defendant began to complain about President Obama and that he was no good. She began to ramble and was asked several times for her ID which she did not provide. Another unit was called and responded. At this time the defendant handed the officer her purse and said her ID was in there.

Ptlm. Hashagen found the ID and confirmed the defendant was suspended, DUI related. When the other officer arrived on the scene, the defendant was asked to step out of the vehicle and submit to SFST’s. She said Ptlm. Hashagen was the boss and she would do whatever he wanted.

The defendant took the first test but did not complete the second and refused to go further. The defendant was taken into custody for DUI.

The defendant was asked to submit to a preliminary breath test and she refused. She was asked to submit to a chemical test of blood to determine blood alcohol concentration and refused.

The defendant was transported back to her house at 183 Nuangola Road. Upon arrival she began to argue with her boyfriend and went into the house. While outside the house, the defendant could be heard smashing items inside. She charged back out of the residence and told police to take her to jail. Ptlm. Hashagen told the defendant to go to bed and that tomorrow was a new day. At this time the defendant sat on the ground and stated she would rather die than spend the night at her house. The defendant stated she wanted to kill herself and did not care anymore.

The defendant was taken back into custody and told she would be taken for a 302. The defendant was happy about this and wanted the cuffs back on. On the drive back to the station the defendant stated several times that she wanted to die and that she would be in jail forever.

Ptlm. Hashagen arrived at the station and spoke with Ptlm. Collotty who was asked to assist in the transport. The defendant made several threats at officers and stated multiple times that she wanted to die.

After arriving at the hospital the defendant was turned over to security. She began to fight with security and stripped her clothing off. A 302 warrant was filled out and the defendant was committed.

Toxicology results indicted there was an opiate in her system on the night of July 13, 2016 and blood alcohol concentration of .05 at 57 p. m. on July 14, 2016.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled September 7 at 10:30 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Gerald L. Feissner.

DUI

Matthew Ryan Starrick, 25, 1068 N. Vine St., Hazleton, has been charged with two counts of DUI and limitations on driving on left side of the road stemming from an incident on March 12, 2016. The charges were filed by Officer Kevin Stahley of the Fairview Township Police Department.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on March 12, 2016 at 2:11 a. m., Officer Stahley was traveling south on Woodlawn Avenue behind a Jeep when he observed that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and crossed over the double yellow line into ongoing traffic lanes of Woodlawn Avenue.

Officer Stahley activated his vehicle’s audio and visual signals and stopped the vehicle in front of 355 Woodlawn Ave. Officer Stahley approached the Jeep to speak with the driver. The officer requested the driver to produce his cards. Officer Stahley observed that the driver fumbling through the vehicle for the requested information.

The driver produced a PA Drivers License with the name of Matthew Ryan Starrick, the defendant. The officer also observed that the defendant’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy and his speech was slurred. The defendant admitted that he had consumed four beers at the Mohegan Sun Casino before being stopped. The officer requested the defendant exit his vehicle and perform a series of field sobriety tests. The defendant agreed.

Once outside of the vehicle, Officer Stahley observed that the defendant had an unsteady gait and was observed swaying back and forth. The defendant performed and failed the tests. The defendant also agreed to provide a sample of breath for a PBT. The results of the PBT were positive for alcohol.

The defendant was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol to a degree that he was incapable of safely driving. Officer Stahley and Officer Phillip Collotty transported the defendant to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for a chemical test of blood to determine his blood alcohol concentration.

The defendant was advised that charges would be filed at District Court 11-3-08 and he was released to a sober friend.

The results of the defendant’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.113%, which exceeds the legal limit of 0.08%.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled September 7 at 10:30 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Gerald L. Feissner.