A State College doctor who pleaded guilty to two criminal cases in January in Clearfield County is facing new charges after a three-vehicle crash in June.
Sharon Louise Pletcher, 58, of Port Matilda has been a physician in the State College area for more than two decades. She was recently arrested for a fourth time in less than two years.
State police at Philipsburg observed Pletcher’s gold Subaru Outback facing the wrong direction at about 11:40 p.m. June 13 on East Pine Street in Philipsburg, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Police said Pletcher’s vehicle had hit two parked vehicles, but Pletcher told a state trooper at the scene that she had not consumed any alcohol and was not involved in a crash.
The state trooper observed that Pletcher smelled like alcohol, her eyes were bloodshot and glassy and her movements were sluggish, the affidavit said. The state trooper decided not to conduct a field sobriety test due to the crash and to her being “very uncooperative.” Pletcher was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, which is when she agreed to a preliminary breath test that was positive for the presence of alcohol.
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She was then taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where a blood draw was completed. Blood results were returned June 28, and Pletcher’s blood alcohol content level was determined to be greater than .300, the affidavit said.
Pletcher was charged Monday with misdemeanor DUI — general impairment and misdemeanor DUI — highest rate of blood alcohol content. She was also charged with obedience to traffic control devices, disregarding a traffic lane, duties at a stop sign, careless driving, reckless driving, damage to unattended vehicles or property and failure to notify police of a crash, all summary offenses.
Pletcher pleaded guilty in a case stemming from August 2015 to resisting arrest, defiant trespass and summary charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. She pleaded guilty to simple assault and disorderly conduct in a second case, in which she was accused of assaulting a police officer.
Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman sentenced her to two years probation, and she was ordered to complete anger management counseling and to have no contact with the victims.
She was also arrested in January in Centre County and charged with misdemeanor DUI — general impairment and misdemeanor crash involving damage to an attended vehicle or property. Centre County Judge Pamela Ruest signed a court order on June 27 for Pletcher to appear in court July 21 for a pretrial conference.