Facing multiple charges
Nesquehoning police reported the arrest of a borough resident on multiple charges.
On May 3, about 1:20 p.m. Chief Sean Smith and Officer Thomas Kurtz were dispatched to the Turkey Hill store on W. Catawissa Street for a reported hit and run. On scene officers found a 2006 Scion XB with moderate damage on the driver side, parked facing south. The owner was identified as Elizabeth Brown, who is employed at Turkey Hill. While officers were getting information, a Ford Focus came into the lot driven by Cody Scott Kmetz, 20, of 3 Second Ave., Nesquehoning. Police noted damage to the driver side of the Ford.
Kmetz was advised he was the operator who collided into the Scion. Officers could smell the odor of marijuana coming from Kmetz. He was advised what the officers' detected. Kmetz said he had smoked marijuana earlier in the morning.
Kmetz was placed under arrest and consented to a search of his vehicle. Found in the vehicle was a bag containing 34 baggies with resin in the glove box. Also found was a suspected marijuana joint and a red container with green vegetable matter in the glove box, a green felt bag containing a pipe with burnt resin in the ashtray and a can of "ultra duster" air duster on the passenger side floor.
Kmetz was given and failed field sobriety tests. He was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for a blood test. He was then transported home.
The test results showed the blood contained controlled substances.
Kmetz has been charged with three counts of DUI, both of alcohol and a controlled substance, possession or delivery of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.