Man who allegedly blocked road with pickup facing more charges
A man who allegedly blocked Route 903 in Penn Forest Township with his pickup on Sunday morning, Aug. 19 for 2 1/2 hours, and stated he had bombs, grenades, and a gun in the vehicle, is facing more, unrelated charges.
Yesterday, he was charged with a road rage incident in which he allegedly pounded dents into a woman's vehicle with his fists.
Donald Brozoski, 50, who uses a post office box in Blakeslee as his current address, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis on charges in both incidents.
He was scheduled to have a hearing before Judge Lewis on the Aug. 19 incident, but it was continued at the request of his court appointed lawyer, Attorney Paul Levy, because of the new charges.
The alleged road rage episode occurred on Aug. 12 at 8:45 a.m. during which Brozoski allegedly passed several vehicles on Route 903 near Bear Creek Lake, then pounded on a woman's vehicle and putting large dents into it.
He is charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, driving under suspension for a DUI offense, overtaking a vehicle on the left, impeding movement of traffic prohibited, careless driving, and reckless driving.
Judge Lewis listed bail at 10 percent of $20,000.
For the Aug. 19 matter, he is charged with terroristic threats/serious inconvenience, disorderly conduct/obscene, disorderly conduct/hazardous condition, driving under suspension for a DUI offense, obstructing highways and other public passages, propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle or onto a roadway, threat to use weapons of mass destruction, littering, and operating or an occupant in a vehicle with an alcoholic beverage.
For these offenses, Judge Lewis set bail at 10 percent of $250,000.
Brozoski remains incarcerated in the Carbon County Correctional Facility since his Aug. 19 arrest in lieu of bail.
In both cases the arresting officer is Trooper Anthony Kingsley of the Lehighton barracks of the state police.
At his arraignment, Brozoski vowed to fight the charges. "I'm going to fight it tooth and nail," he told Judge Lewis.
He said his actions arise from frustration due to a workers' compensation case.
Allegedly had road rage with female driver
According to the affidavit filed by Trooper Kingsley regarding the Aug. 12 incident, a female driver, Kristin Zammito, told him she was traveling north on Route 903 and a blue pick-up truck passed her on the left at a high rate of speed.
"She advised that there were several vehicles in front of her and that there was also oncoming traffic as well," Trooper Kingsley wrote. "She advised that the passing vehicle was not going to make the pass by the time the oncoming traffic approached so she slowed down to let the vehicle in front of her."
The trooper said Zammito told him that the driver of the truck pulled in front of her, and that her car had to skid to a stop. Brozoski allegedly got out of his vehicle and approached the female's car while screaming at her.
The affidavit says Brozoski proceeded to strike the woman's vehicle "several times with closed fists, leaving several large dents in the hood."
Brozoski then got back into his truck and drove to a service station. Zammito followed him while she called police.
At the service station, Brozoski again allegedly yelled at Zammito and challenged her to call the police.
The estimated damage to Zammito's vehicle is $1,993.90, states the court record.
'It's a grenade,' driver
yells as he hurls object
The incident on Aug. 19 also occurred on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township.
Trooper Kingsley said he was dispatched to the scene at 5:50 a.m. for a report of a driver of a pick-up truck who stated he had bombs and grenades on him.
The trooper arrived at 5:56 a.m. and observed that the pickup was parked across the two-lane highway blocking both lanes of traffic.
Trooper Kingsley states in the affidavit that an unknown, passing motorist related he went to help Brozoski. The motorist was told by Brozoski that "he had a bomb inside his truck and that he also had a .357 magnum handgun with him."
The affidavit says, "Brozoski threw a small copper object from his truck at us and yelled 'it's a grenade.' I cleared the area to a reasonable distance and set up a perimeter."
Kingsley says in the court document that Brozoski yelled obscenities at him, and threatened, "I'm going to blow you up."
Brozoski was also observed drinking several bottles of beer, then tossing the empty bottles out the driver's window, smashing glass onto the road, the affidavit says.
Kingsley reports, "After 2.5 hours, troopers approached the driver's door of the vehicle. Brozoski complied with verbal commands and related that he wanted to speak to the FBI. Brozoski was secured in handcuffs (and) transported to PSP Lehighton for further investigation."
At the state police barracks, at 9:09 a.m., a breath test was administered on Brozoski. His blood alcohol count was determined to be .025 percent, the affidavit says.