A non-jury trial before Judge D. Michael Stine was held on behalf of Timothy Stephen Keer, 46, of 101 E. Phillip St., Coaldale, Thursday in the Schuylkill County court.
Keer was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol by Patrolman Charles Blesse, Coaldale police, on Dec. 29, 2008. Patrolman Blesse testified on that afternoon he had returned to the police station on Third Street when he heard wheels squealing, tires spinning and then saw a car pass him and slam on brakes and slide through the intersection without stopping for a stop sign and then proceed on First Street.
Blesse testified he gave chase and stopped the vehicle. He approached the car and identified the driver as Keer. Keer asked the officer why he was bothering him.
Blesse said further questioning the driver revealed he had a few beers and a shot coming home from work. He said Keer failed the sobriety test given on the scene and was taken to the police station for a breathlayzer test. The reading was above the limit permitted under law.
Keer did not take the stand but had two witnesses whom he worked with that day state that Keer did no drinking on the job. However, a girlriend, Melissa, testified she picked him up at work and they stopped at a liquor store for wine and at a beer distributor but she claimed he had only one sip of the wine.
Stine announced he would hand down a decision at a later date.