Brookville Man Accused of Intentionally Crashing into Neighbor’s Garage Waives Hearing

OLIVER TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville man who is accused of intentionally crashing into a neighbor’s garage while under the influence of drugs waived his preliminary hearing in court today.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 19-year-old Cody James Verostic, of Brookville, were waived for court on Thursday, March 7:

  • Criminal Mischief/Damage Property Intent, Reckless, Or Negligent, Felony 3 (two counts)
  • DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 1 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
  • DUI: Controlled Substance – Metabolite – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
  • DUI: Controlled Substance – Impaired Ability – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
  • Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Misdemeanor 3
  • Criminal Mischief/Damage Property Intent, Reckless, Or Negligent, Summary
  • Careless Driving, Summary
  • Reckless Driving, Summary

The charges have been transferred to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Verostic remains free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:00 p.m. on May 21, 2018, Trooper Thurner, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, was dispatched to a location on East Branch Road in Oliver Township, Jefferson County, to assist Corporal Means and Trooper Suprano.

Upon his arrival at the scene, he was informed by Corporal Means that Cody James Verostic admitted that he snorted speed and the “voices in his head told him that his neighbor was a woman beater,” according to the complaint.

Verostic then allegedly drove a red 2007 Jeep Laredo from his residence on East Branch Road to the victim’s driveway, also on East Branch Road, and drove through the garage door of the victim’s garage, which is attached to the victim’s residence. Verostic drove through one garage door, then placed his vehicle into reverse and backed out of the garage before proceeding to drive through the second garage door, striking a parked Dodge RAM numerous times, displacing the vehicle through a third garage door located on the opposite side of the garage.

According to the complaint, Corporal Means advised Trooper Thurner that Verostic also drove through the victim’s yard, doing damage to the victim’s yard and parking in it.

The complaint notes that Verostic allegedly told Corporal Means that he intentionally drove his vehicle through the victim’s house “because he needed to pay for being a wife beater.”

Trooper Thurner took Verostic into custody for DUI and transported him to Penn Highlands Hospital in DuBois for a legal blood draw and a mental health evaluation.

According to the complaint, Verostic consented to the blood draw, which was sent to NMS Lab for toxicology tests. The toxicology report was returned on June 15, 2018, and showed Delta-9 THC and Delta-9 Carboxy THC in the results.

Based on the investigation, charges were filed on January 30, 2019, in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office.

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