Magisterial District Court Reports
DUI

Joseph Charles Grimes, 49, 7917 Blue Ridge Trail, Wapwallopen, has been charged with two counts of DUI and related traffic offenses stemming from an incident that took place on June 18, 2017. Tpr. Michael Foux, Troop N, Hazleton, filed the charges on December 7, 2017.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on June 18, 2017 at approximately 8:25 p. m. Trp. Foux responded to a one-vehicle crash on Blue Ridge Trail and St. Johns Rd., Dorrance Township. He observed a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle on its side in the center of the roadway. Tpr. Foux was informed by members of the Dorrance Twp. Fire Dept. that the operator was already transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley by EMS. Upon checking the registration, the owner was identified as Joseph Charles Grimes.

At approximately 9:35 p. m., Tpr. Foux arrived at Geisinger and spoke with Grimes who was identified by his PA license. The trooper interviewed Grimes about the details of the crash. Grimes related that he remembered being at the stop sign on Saint Johns Road, making a left onto Blue Ridge Trail and felt the back of the bike slide out on him. During the interview, Tpr. Foux detected the moderate smell of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his facial area. His eyes appeared to be blood shot and his speech was slurred. Grimes was asked if he consumed any alcoholic beverages prior to operating his vehicle. Grimes admitted drinking a beer while changing the oil on his bike, then he took it for a ride.

Grimes was read the Implied Consent and O’Connell warnings in the emergency room of Geisinger.

Grimes’ blood alcohol content was .182%.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled January 18, 2018 at 9 a. m.

DUI

Mark Dombroski, 55, 2260 Nuangola Road, Mountaintop, has been charged with two counts of DUI and Reckless Driving stemming from an incident that took place on Novermber 29, 2017. Officer Andrew Hashagen, Rice Township Police Department, filed the charges on December 13, 2017.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on November 29, 2017 at 5:37 p. m. Officer Hashagen was dispatched to the area of the PennDOT Salt Shed for a report of a 3-car motor vehicle accident. The acting vehicle was said to be intoxicated and being belligerent. The officer arrived on the scene to find a motor vehicle crash on Nuangola Road. It appeared a white Nissan sedan had been rear-ended by a Chevrolet pickup causing it to crash into a Subaru. The occupants of Nissan and Subaru were outside their vehicles waiting for police. Officer Hashagen found Mark Dombroski still sitting in his 2014 Chevrolet pickup and asked him to step out. The officer immediately noticed the strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Mark and the vehicle. Dombroski had trouble walking and needed to be helped. Dombroski also had red glossy eyes and thick slurred speech; at times he was impossible to understand. The officer asked Dombroski how much he had to drink and Mark replied “not much” but would not answer how much “not much” was.

Officer Hashagen requested that Dombroski submit to field sobriety tests, which he did, and failed. Dombroski was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The operator of the Nissan, Kimberly Slosky, stated that she was stopped and waiting to get up to the stop sign when the Chevrolet pickup came from behind and smashed into her. There was heavy damage to the rear of the Nissan sedan.

The operator of the Subaru, Madison Bratcher-Doyle, stated that at the Chevrolet pickup and Nissan sedan collided, the Nissan pushed into her. The officer did not see any noticeable damage to the Subaru.

Witness #1, John Ayers, stated that the Chevrolet pickup came off Interstate 81 South exit 159, blew through the stop sign, making a left turn and then struck the back of the Nissan sedan. Ayers stated that the Chevrolet pickup was going fast at the time of impact.

Dombroski was transported to GWV for a legal blood draw which he agreed to provide. Results of the blood analysis showed a BAC of 0.345% which is more than four times the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled January 25, 2018 at 9 a. m.