A Lock Haven man is facing several misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of children after a 4th Fest DUI stop.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Penn State police, officers responded at about 10:50 p.m. to Lot 23 off Park Avenue for a complaint about an intoxicated driver with children in the vehicle. Police said traffic was heavy that evening, as the 4th Fest fireworks had just ended.
As officers approached the vehicle described in the complaint, they could see a male driver and passenger through the driver’s side window attempting to conceal beer cans, police said. The odor of alcohol was “emanating from inside the vehicle.”
The driver, John Jarrett, 47, was asked to exit, police said. He was described as flushed, with bloodshot eyes and a moderate odor of alcohol on his breath.
Two other adults were in the vehicle, police said, as well as three minors aged 14 to 17.
Jarrett was administered a field sobriety test, police said, in which he “did not perform satisfactory on the tests.” A breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.114 percent.
He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for testing, police said. Blood was drawn at about 11:30 p.m. and sent to the state police laboratory.
A lab report received July 18 showed a BAC of 0.117 percent, police said.
Jarrett was arraigned via summons by District Judge Ronald Horner and charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21.