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Jeffrey Hollister, Montrose


A routine traffic stop in June of this year has led to charges filed against a Montrose resident after lab results indicated the driver had an unlawful blood alcohol level, according to the judge’s records. Police allege that James Birtch had a .238 BAC when he was stopped for erratic driving and subsequently failed a field sobriety test in Montrose Borough, and two charges of DUI as well as one of failure to remain in lane have been filed.

Also to appear on DUI and other charges is Duane Holbrook, Montrose. Charges have been levied against Holbrook following a traffic accident that occurred on Nov. 19 along Route 167 in Bridgewater Township. Records indicate that when state police arrived on scene, Holbrook’s vehicle was stuck in a large drainage ditch and he was sitting in the back seat of a Montrose Borough police car. Upon interview, records indicated that he exhibited a strong smell of alcohol about his person and was subsequently transported to the state police station, where a breath test yielded an alleged BAC of .217. Charges filed include driving under a suspended license, unsafe speed, failure to remain in lane and careless driving, in addition to two DUI charges.

Montrose Borough police have filed charges against Peggy Sue Engstrom, following a complaint from the Dollar General store in Montrose. According to reports, police were called when a woman stole several DVDs. An officer and a store employee reviewed security tapes and saw the woman walk out with between six and ten DVDs in a cart. Court records indicate that the employee recognized the woman as a customer and gave information that led them to her residence. They further state that when confronted at her home, a woman fitting the description as seen on the surveillance tape, identified as Engstrom, allegedly denied the theft at first, but subsequently offered to return the DVDs to avoid trouble. Charges filed include theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception.

Steven Cole, Rushville, is also slated to appear to answer charges of possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, along with several other charges, stemming from a traffic stop in Montrose Borough on Nov. 25. Reports allege that Cole was stopped after failure to signal at a turn and was found to be operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle with lapsed inspection and a suspended license. A police check also found that Cole was wanted on a probation warrant and was subsequently turned over to probation and jailed.

All of the above are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 5, to answer their respective charges.

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