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Man in road rage incident given jail term; disputes medical report

Published August 13. 2013 05:03PM

A man involved in road age incident and also charged with blocking a state highway in still another incident, was sentenced in Carbon County court Monday to a time served sentence, but apparently won't be released from jail anytime soon because he disputes a psychiatric evaluation that says he needs further treatment.

Donald Brozoski, 50, formerly of Blakeslee and presently an inmate in the county prison, appeared before Judge Steven R. Serfass for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to counts of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and obstruction of a highway.

He was charged in two incidents. He was charge for a road rage incident in which he pounded the hood of a woman's 2010 Mercedes-Benz with is fists and put dents in the hood.

The second incident he was charged with positioning his pickup truck across SR903 in Penn Forest Township and told police he had a bomb in the vehicle. The road rage incident occurred on Aug. 12, 2012, along SR903 in Bear Creek Lakes, Penn Forest Township. The incident with his truck across the road occurred on Aug. 19, 2012.

Defense Attorney Paul Levy told Serfass that his client disputes the report of a psychiatrist that he needs continued mental health treatment and medication. He said Brozoski has refused to even read the report.

While Levy was explaining his client's position, he was interrupted by Brozoski. The defendant claimed that he didn't belong in jail for what happened.

He added, "I'm not mentally ill. I stand up for my rights."

In a sometimes rambling statement, he claimed he had money to pay is court costs but can't get to it because he is in jail. He also said his only family is in Kansas and he doesn't want to involve them in his troubles.

He also further claimed that the "government" was out to get him.

Levy said Brozoski had always claimed he was not mentally ill but just frustrated.

Serfass noted from the psychiatric report that it recommends that Brozoski get counseling.

When Levy mentioned the possibility of releasing Brozoski from prison to a mental health facility, the defendant stepped away from his counsel and said he would not do that because he did not need help because he had no mental health issues.

Serfass then sentenced Brozoski to serve nine to one day less 24 months in prison on the mischief count, and one year probation on the disorderly conduct and obstruction charges, running them consecutive to the jail term.

He also ordered Brozoski to get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole and probation. He was given credit for 349 days spent in jail to date on the charges. Since the credit exceeds the minimum term imposed Brozoski is eligible for parole, but that might not happen.

Brozoski said he was "fed up and done" and was going to stay in jail rather than submit to any further mental health evaluations.

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