By Amanda O'Rourke

The Daily Item

SUNBURY — A three-vehicle crash last month in Upper Augusta Township has led to charges of driving under the influence against two of the drivers, authorities said.

According to court documents filed in District Judge Carl Rice's office, Connie Carey Conrad, 47, of 308 W. Spruce St., Selinsgrove, was driving her Pontiac Sunfire toward the intersection of Route 147 and Island Boulevard shortly before 10 p.m. July 11 when she collided with the rear of a Ford Ranger driven by James Wilson Sizer, 57, of 187 Scottsdale Drive, Mifflinburg.

Police said Sizer's vehicle was forced into the rear of a Honda Odyssey driven by John Gregory Smerlock, of 708 Clemens Road, Sunbury.

After police arrived on the scene, Smerlock told them he got out of his vehicle after the crash to check on Sizer and immediately detected the odor of alcohol, officers said. When Sizer opened his driver's side door, Smerlock told police Sizer took a can of beer from his car and poured it on the ground. Police said they later found an empty beer can in his vehicle.

At this point, Smerlock told police he reached into Sizer's vehicle, turned it off and removed the keys from the car.

When Trooper Michael Brubaker arrived at the scene, he said he could detect a strong odor of alcohol coming from Conrad, and when questioned, he said Conrad admitted she'd consumed about five beers since that afternoon.

Both Conrad and Sizer were charged with driving under the influence and related counts. After testing at Sunbury Community Hospital, police said Conrad's blood-alcohol content was 0.074 percent and Sizer's was 0.199 percent.

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