Athens DUI

David Bennett, 34, of Ulster is facing DUI related charges following an incident on Route 220 in Athens on April 3.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Bennett was seen by Athens Borough police to be driving recklessly and a traffic stop was initiated. Bennett gave signs of impairment after a standard field sobriety test and had a suspended license at the time. Bennett was taken for a blood draw at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.

Bennett is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: controlled substance — schedule 2 or 3 — first offense, summary violation fail to keep right, summary violation careless driving, summary violation turning movements and required signals and summary violation driving while operators privilege is suspended or revoked.

Bennett is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on April 17 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Athens retail theft

Lori Lane, 52, of Sayre is facing a charge of misdemeanor retail theft following an incident at Walmart in Athens on March 21.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Athens Township police were contacted by a Walmart Asset Protection Associate who had investigated the theft of a large item from Walmart. Lane is accused of taking a Fire/Water safe valued at $49.84 and at least 11 other items from the store.

Lane was contacted by police and stated that she had purchased the items and had a receipt to prove it, but never made contact with the police again according to the affidavit.

Lane has a preliminary hearing on May 7 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

DUI

Dana Harbst–Burkhart, 47, of Athens is facing DUI related charges following an incident on North Keystone Avenue in Athens on Feb. 23.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Athens Township police observed Harbst–Burkhart fail to stop at a posted stop sign and turn, almost striking a westbound vehicle. An officer had to hit the brakes in order to avoid striking Harbst–Burkhart. Harbst–Burkhart was asked to perform a standard field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Harbst–Burkhart is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: general impairment of driving safely, summary violation duties at stop sign and summary violation careless driving.

Harbst–Burkhart had a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 5 with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.

Athens DUI reported

Sheri Finnerty, 48, of Athens is facing charges of misdemeanor DUI: general impairment of driving safely — first offense and misdemeanor DUI: highest rate of alcohol — first offense following an incident in the area of Walnut and South River streets in Athens on Dec. 29.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Finnerty was found by Athens Borough police with her vehicle resting on the east rail of the railroad tracks. Finnerty was asked to perform a standard field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI. Finnerty was taken for a blood draw which revealed a .161 percent blood alcohol content.

Finnerty has a formal arraignment on April 25 with Judge Evan Williams III.