Arthur C. Staschak, 28, of Pittsburgh, was observed by PSP-Coudersport troopers to be passed out on the living room floor of a Galeton residence on Jan. 8, showing indicators of recently taking a strong opiate, court documents state.
According to court documents, Staschak had an active warrant out of Westmoreland County and was taken into custody on that warrant. A search of the residence from which Staschak was taken resulted in finding syringes, a silver colored spoon and a plastic red bottle cap with burn marks, which a witness reported observing Staschak using.
Staschak was charged with one misdemeanor count use/possession of drug paraphernalia and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 9 before Magisterial District Judge Christopher Kalacinski.
Charles J. Mead, 34, of Galeton, was observed, by PSP-Coudersport troopers, operating an enclosed ATV without its headlights activated on Nov. 24, court documents indicate. According to court documents, Mead was driving the vehicle north, on SR-144 and increased in speed when police initiated pursuit, in an effort to conduct a traffic stop for the summary offense.
Documents state that Mead turned right onto Crippen Run Road, then left onto Gross Road, then right into the driveway of a Galeton residence, where he stopped. Police approached Mead and commanded Mead to show them his hands to which Mead did not initially comply, appeared to reach for something on his right side and stated that he was parked in his driveway, court documents state.
According to court documents, Mead was taken to the ground and complied with a third command to place his hands out in front of him, then brought to the front of the patrol vehicle. Mead reportedly was argumentative about why police were in his driveway and stated he did not stop when police pursued him because he was trying to get home, court documents state.
Documents indicate that police smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from Mead; a Standardized Field Sobriety test was completed and showed Mead having signs of impairment. Mead was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence, court documents state.
Results from a blood-draw at UPMC-Cole concluded Mead’s Blood Alcohol Content was .148%, according to court documents. Furthermore, the the ATV being driven by Mead was not registered to him, nor does Mead have a valid Commercial Driver’s License, court documents state.
Mead was charged with one felony count fleeing/attempting to elude an officer, one misdemeanor count resisting arrest, two misdemeanor counts DUI and nine summary traffic offenses, court documents state. Documents indicate a preliminary hearing was scheduled before MDJ Kalacinski today.