Police: Punxsy Man Caught Driving Under the Influence With Child in Vehicle

BELL TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney man is facing felony child endangerment charges after he was caught driving under the influences of controlled substances with a young child as a passenger.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 28-year-old Michael Anthony Coleman.

According to a criminal complaint, around 12:16 a.m. on August 2, Punxsutawney-based State Police observed a vehicle approaching with a passenger side headlight out and initiated a traffic stop.

The complaint notes that while speaking with the driver, identified as Michael Anthony Coleman, the troopers noticed an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle, which also had a young child as a passenger.

According to the complaint, when questioned, Coleman admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day. He was then asked to undergo field sobriety testing.

Coleman exhibited signs of impairment, and a subsequent search of the vehicle then located a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia in the purse of the front seat passenger, identified as Bailey Sinclair, according to the complaint.

Coleman was taken into custody for DUI and transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for a legal blood draw. The results of the blood test indicated Coleman had marijuana and methamphetamine in his system, the complaint states.

The following charges were filed against Coleman through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on September 10:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 3
– DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 2 or 3 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– DUI: Controlled Substance – Metabolite – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– DUI: Controlled Substance – Impaired Ability – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– Drive Unregistered Vehicle, Summary
– Driving License Suspended/Revoked Pursuant to Sec 3802/1547B1, Summary
– Oper Vehicle Without Required Financial Responsibility, Summary
– Careless Driving, Summary
– Reckless Driving, Summary
– Violate Hazard Regulation, Summary

The following charges were filed against 23-year-old Bailey Jewel Sinclair, of Punxsutawney, through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on September 10:

– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor
– Possession of Small Amount/Distribute, Not Sell, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Preliminary hearings for the cases have not yet been scheduled.


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