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Motorist accused of striking pedestrian waives hearing
Thursday, January 31, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
A Drifting man who struck a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol waived his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge James Hawkins at yesterdays session of centralized court held at the Clearfield County Jail.
Jeffrey M. Nachman, 29, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, DUI (incapable of safe driving), DUI (blood alcohol content of 0.1-0.16), careless driving and reckless driving.
According to the affidavit of probable cause on Dec. 13 at 12:13 a.m. state police were dispatched to a location along state Route 53 near Oak Road in Morris Township for a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.
Upon arrival, Trooper Justin Jones said he approached Nachman and asked him if he was the driver and he said he was. Jones said he could smell alcohol on the defendant and said his eyes were glassy and bloodshot. Jones asked Nachman how much alcohol he drunk and he responded by saying he probably had too much.
He then asked the defendant what happened in the crash but he responded by saying he wasn't sure.
Nachman was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which showed he had signs of impairment.
He was arrested and taken to Clearfield Hospital for a blood test. Lab results show he had a BAC of 0.146.
The victim was taken to Altoona Regional Hospital for treatment. Injuries included several broken ribs, a broken hand and numerous contusions.
Nachman is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.
In other cases:
• Nathaniel T. Fellows, 29, of Madera waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Judge Hawkins on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and theft by unlawful taking.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, at 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 13, Trooper Michael Berta of the state police was dispatched to 157 Spruce Street, Bigler Township for a burglary.
The perpetrator had forcibly entered the victim's residence from a rear sliding glass door. Once inside he stole a .22 caliber pump action rifle and numerous antiques from inside.
On Jan. 22, Berta interviewed Fellows who said he suffers from manic depression and has blackouts and said he might have gone to the victim's house but couldn't remember due to the blackouts.
However, he later admitted to going into the house and stealing the rifle and ammunition and gave the rifle to a friend to hide.
He said he could get the rifle back but it would be on his own terms.
Fellows is free on $50,000 unsecured bail.
• Howard H. Askey, 22, of Clearfield waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Richard Ireland on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude officer, reckless driving, careless driving, driving at a safe speed, three counts of obedience to traffic control devices, failure to stop at a red signal, and three counts of recklessly endangering another person.
According to the affidavit of probable cause officer James Adams of the Clearfield Borough Police Department observed the defendant driving an SUV at a high rate of speed on South Second Street. The officer turned on his emergency lights and pursued his vehicle in an attempt to get him to pull over.
Upon seeing the emergency lights, Askey turned right onto West Front Street without signaling and continued at a high rate of speed onto SR 153 north. He continued to ignore efforts to get him to stop and continued onto US 322. Eventually the defendant's vehicle began to emit smoke. He continued to drive recklessly until he stopped on Brown Springs Road.
The officer drew his weapon and ordered Askey to exit the vehicle. At first he ignored the commands but he eventually complied by throwing his keys onto the road and got down on his knees.
Askey is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.
• Justin W. Moore, 22, of Clearfield waived his right to a preliminary hearing on theft by unlawful taking.
Moore was also originally charged with escape, flight to avoid apprehension/trial/punishment and resisting arrest for fleeing from the Clearfield County Courthouse after being arrested on a probation violation.
Assistant District Attorney Warren Mikesell declined to comment on the matter but Moore said the other charges were withdrawn because he was illegally/improperly sentenced.
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