Attempted to hit pedestrians
SALEM TWP. — A New Jersey man was arrested for DUI and recklessly endangering another person, according to Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).
The affidavit, filed by PSP Corporal John Chervanka and Trooper Jordan Sandlin, states on July 9 at approximately 10:36 a.m., PSP Honesdale received “...a report of a black pick up truck with New Jersey Registration plates attempted to ‘run over’ pedestrians on a walk- ing trail located at the Salem Township Municipal Park.”
The driver was identified as Christopher John Gaffney, 56, of Manchester, NJ.
Victims Eileen Ann Culley and
Joan Rezanka, both of Hamlin, told Trooper Sharon Palmer they were “...at the park and had to take action to ‘get out of the way’ (of Gaffney’s vehicle.)”
They related that they “were fearful for their safety” and that “...Gaffney was going to exit his truck and ‘cause bodily harm.’”
The report states Culley and Rezanka “...attempted to depart the area and witnessed Gaffney drive towards them continuing on the walking path.”
They also “...observed Gaffney’s vehicle ‘drive over a doggie garbage bin’ and travel down Cemetery Road.”
The park “...was open to the public and several citizens were on the walking trail” at the time of the incident.
Officers arrived on scene at approximately 10:38 a.m.
They “...drove the most eastern part of the park’s walking trail and discovered a vehicle matching the description of the one provided by the complainant.”
The vehicle, identified as a full size Dodge Ram pick up truck with a NJ registration, had “...a white male positioned in the driver’s seat and the vehicle’s engine was running.”
When approached by police, Gaffney exited the vehicle after officers instructed him to do so.
“Gaffney’s speech was slurred, his eyes were blood shot and an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitted from his breath and person,” the affidavit states.
“Gaffney did admit... that he consumed several alcoholic beverage(s) during the course of the morning,” court papers show.
A pre-breath test administered “...confirmed the presence of alcohol in his system.”
The affidavit states Gaffney told law enforcement “...that he is building a house in the Hideout Development and ‘became overwhelmed and just (expletive) up.”
Gaffney was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, recklessly endangering another person, careless driving, and trespass by motor vehicle.
He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Bonnie Carney.