Robert K. Ayling III, 38, of Mountaintop was charged by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Larry J. McDaniel Jr on January 15, 2013 with Possession of Marijuana— Small Amount for Personal Use, Use/ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, DUI: General Impairment/Incapable of Driving—First Offense, DUI: Controlled Substance—Combination Alcohol/Drugs—First Offense, Disorderly Conduct Engage in Fighting, Public Drunkenness and Similar Misconduct, Driving While Operating Privileges Suspended or Revoked, Operating a Vehicle without Required Financial Responsibility, Disregard for Traffic Lane (Single), Driving at Safe Speed, and Failure to Use a Safety Belt—Driver and Front Seat Occupant.
According to the Affadavit of Probable Cause Trooper McDaniel was called to the scene of an accident on January 4, 2014 at 6:15 AM on St. Mary’s Road by Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course in Dorrance Township. He saw a 1995 grey Honda Accord down an embankment on St. Mary’s Road with moderate damage to the front of the vehicle, which was up against a tree. Ayling was in the back of an ambulance and was being treated by paramedics. Trooper McDaniel alleges that Ayling smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and his speech was slurred. After searching his pockets for identification, since Ayling was only giving the officer his first name, Trooper McDaniel found a glass jar containing marijuana and a prescription bottle for Clonazepam, which Ayling took earlier in the day. Clonazepam is a prescription drug used to treat seizures, panic disorders and anxiety. Clonazepam impairs one’s ability to drive or operate machinery. Ayling also admitted to smoking marijuana before driving. Trooper McDaniel notes that the insurance for the car expired on November 13, 2013. Ayling was so agitated that had to be handcuffed to the gurney in the ambulance. At Geisinger Medical Center, Ayling refused to submit to a blood test and demanded a lawyer. As Trooper McDaniel began reading Ayling the Chemical Testing Warnings, Ayling allegedly said “What does it matter my license is already suspended.” Ayling has a preliminary hearing scheduled for February 19, 2014.
+++++ James Michael Hughes Jr., 26,
Nanticoke, was charged January 14, 2014 by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Christopher J. Zukowsky with Endangering the Welfare of Children--Parent or Guardian Commits the Offense, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Criminal Mischief—Damage property, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest/ Other Law Enforcement, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, Driving Without a License, Failure to Keep Right, Disregard Traffic Lane (Single), Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, five counts of Turning Movements and Required Signals, Careless Driving, two counts of Damage to Real Property by Operator of a Motor Vehicle, and Reckless Driving.
The Affidavit of Probable Cause stated that on December 5, 2013, Hughes allegedly drove through the back yard of someone living in the Walden Park Development in Wright Township on the corner of Red Coat Lane and Mystic Drive in a red 1995 GMC Jimmy belonging to Bonnie Lee Ritchie. Hughes’ drivers license had expired January 8, 2012. Hughes drove into a forest area at a high rate of speed with a woman, Brandy Peters, who was seven months pregnant, until the car was stuck on a fallen tree. He got out of the car and fled into the woods. Brandy Peters, the passenger in the car, said that Hughes is her boyfriend’s cousin. Her mother is Bonnie Lee Ritchie, the owner of the car Hughes was driving. Hughes was arrested, and is waiting a preliminary hearing which