Clinton Twp. supervisor waives rights

JOE BOLIN

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

Wyoming County Press Examiner

BANGOR - A Clinton Township supervisor charged with DUI in Northampton County last month, waived his rights to a preliminary hearing Thursday morning.

Joseph Andrew Bolin, 43, appeared without counsel before Magisterial District Judge Todd Strohe who bound charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, driving while operator privilege suspended, disregarding traffic lane and careless driving over to Northampton County Court.

Judge Strohe told Bolin that under normal circumstances a defendant facing a DUI could be released at the preliminary hearing time under his own recognizance provided bail was met, but in Bolin’s case there was an oustanding arrest warrant in Wyoming County.

Bolin told the judge he didn’t know what the warrant would be about.

Wyoming County court documents allege that Bolin violated a protection from abuse order  from his estranged wife on March 20 and was scheduled to appear before Senior Judge Brendan Vanston on March 29.

However, on that court date Bolin did not appear in Tunkhannock and at the time his probation officer wasn’t quite sure where he was, so Senior Judge Vanston issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Wyoming County authorities later learned that Bolin had been involved in the March 21 incident in Northampton County, and was in the county jail in Easton some 75 miles away from a Clinton Township address Bolin had provided.

According to a police criminal complaint, Bolin was driving his 2006 Dodge Ram pickup around 11 a.m., March 21, on SR611 in Upper Mount Bethel Township when the vehicle was observed swerving- crossing the fog line twice and yellow line once.

He was approached by a state police trooper who became concerned after noticing irregular mannerisms and actions.

The complaint says that Bolin related that he had taken bath salts earlier in the morning so he could drive to Atlantic City, N.J.

The trooper noted that Bolin had difficulty following instructions for  a standard field sobriety test, and when he asked him to perform a one-leg stand, Bolin is alleged to have stated,  “I have to go” and then ran into his vehicle.

The complaint noted that the trooper had to utilize an electronic immobilization device because Bolin was non-compliant.

He had been in the Northampton County Correctional Facility in Easton on $10,000 straight bail.

Judge Strohe said Thursday he would allow for $10,000 unsecured bail upon approval of Northampton County Pretrial Services.

Bolin is now scheduled to be arraigned in Northampton County Court on June 7.