Jury Selection Date Set for Case Against Punxsy Man Accused of DUI With Child in Vehicle

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A jury selection date has been set in a case against a Punxsutawney man accused of driving under the influence with a child in his vehicle.

Court documents indicate jury selection for the case against 29-year-old Eric Bruce Roy, of Punxsutawney, is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on September 9.

Roy faces the following charges:

– DUI: Controlled Substance – Metabolite – 2nd Offense, Misdemeanor 1
– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Marijuana-Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Drive Unregistered Vehicle, Summary
– Fail To Carry Registration, Summary
– Driving Without A License, Summary
– Careless Driving, Summary
– Reckless Driving, Summary
– Failure to use safety belt – driver and front seat occupant, Summary

The charges stem from a traffic stop that took place in Bell Township, Jefferson County, in December 2018.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 1:36 p.m. on December 23, 2018, Trooper O’Rourke, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, was on patrol when he ran the registration of a silver sedan and discovered it was expired.

Trooper O’Rourke then initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of State Route 36 and Cloe Rossiter Road.

The complaint notes that upon contact, Trooper O’Rourke detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and noticed the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He also noted that along with the driver, there was also a known woman and an 8-year-old child in the vehicle.

According to the complaint, when questioned about the smell, the driver, identified as Eric Bruce Roy, stated he had smoked earlier in the day. Roy was then asked to perform three standardized field sobriety tests, during which Trooper O’Rourke observed visual clues of impairment.

The complaint also notes that a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a metal grinder with a small amount of marijuana, a glass smoking pipe with residue, a small plastic baggie of suspected marijuana, and a plastic bag of ibuprofen 800mg capsules.

Roy was then transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital where he submitted to a legal blood draw.

According to the complaint, the toxicology report from the blood draw showed a positive reading of a controlled substance concentration in Roy’s blood.

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