A Sullivan County man has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after refusing to leave the scene of a car crash a little over an hour after 2020 officially began.
Troopers Josiah Reiner and Joseph Napolsky, based at the Pennsylvania State Police station in LaPorte, received a call at 1:22 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, reporting a one vehicle car crash at the scenic overlook on Old Route 220.
Already in the area, the troopers arrived at the scene within three minutes, according to an affidavit filed by Reiner in the magisterial district court of Judge Jennifer Vandine. There, the troopers allege that they found Caleb Rooker, 23, of Muncy Valley, in the road "visibly intoxicated." Rooker started demanding the troopers put his girlfriend in their patrol car to keep her from the cold.
"We walked to his girlfriend's vehicle where he repeatedly raised his hands in the air and expressed to me that he did not want me to shoot him," Reiner wrote. "I assured Rooker that I was not going to shoot him."
After some time, Rooker's father arrived to pick him up; when Rooker learned that his girlfriend was staying to cooperate in the investigation, though, he got out of his father's car despite her pleadings to stay inside and the troopers' warnings he would be arrested for disorderly conduct if he exited the vehicle. Rooker did get out of the car and was taken to the ground and arrested by the state troopers.