A Nesquehoning woman has been charged by borough police following an incident that occurred on Aug. 13.
Police have charged Deborah Ann Lienhard, 52, of 706 E. Catawissa St., with one count each of obstructing administration of law or other governmental function, persistent disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, and disorderly conduct, as a summary offense.
According to police about 1:56 a.m. Officer Chad McGowan was on patrol near the intersection of Oak and Catawissa streets, when he observed a Chevrolet Blazer strike a reflective yellow in color yield sign for pedestrians. After striking the sign the driver fled the scene. The Blazer was identified as belonging to Zack Lienhard.
McGowan went to the Lienhard home because he had reasonable cause to believe that Zack Lienhard was driving under the influence.
At the home Zack's mother, the defendant, was told by the officer he wanted to speak to her son and why. The Blazer had been located parked on Center Street, which Mrs. Lienhard was told.
Mrs. Lienhard stated she wanted to see the Blazer and added that it belonged to her. She was told the vehicle was being towed and stored as evidence. She then stated she was going to get the vehicle. McGowan advised her not to do that as it would be a criminal act.
Mrs. Lienhard then left the house and got into another vehicle. McGowan left and went to where the Blazer had been found. A short time later Mrs. Lienhard arrived.
She exited her vehicle and was again advised to consider what she was doing because she was infringing on a obstruction of justice charge. Mrs. Lienhard insisted that she be allowed to see the vehicle. Despite being warned at her residence and again at the scene where the Blazer was parked she continued to insist on seeing the vehicle.
McGowan's report stated he had to stop Mrs. Lienhard several times from accessing the Blazer by physically moving in front of her. Only after being told again if she did not desist she would be placed into custody for obstruction, Mrs. Lienhard left the scene, McGowan said.
The charges were later filed against her.