Police: Suspect did it his way

A Tyrone man recited Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart lines during his arrest on drunken driving charges, according to police.

A highly intoxicated Herbert Goss, 78, of 1000 Baughman Hollow Road, Tyrone, had trouble standing after Tyrone police asked him to step out of his pickup truck about 10 p.m. on June 18 following a minor accident in the parking lot of Sylvan Acres, just off Third Street, police alleged.

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world,” Goss allegedly said while pointing at Patrolman Barry Frye as the officer tried to ask him about the low-speed accident. Witnesses at the scene told police Goss had struck a car, a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu, while attempting to park, police noted, and there was minor damage to the front end of Goss’s 1996 GMC Sonoma.

Goss, police said, seemed confused when police arrived and appeared highly intoxicated. Police said he was so unsteady, when Goss tried to walk from the truck’s driver’s side door to the back of the truck, he fell and was caught by an officer. As he spoke with police, Goss leaned against the truck but couldn’t give officers any answers to their questions beyond “Casablanca” quotes and lines from Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

“And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain,” Goss allegedly told police.

According to his arrest papers, officers decided to forego field sobriety tests, for Goss’s safety, and he was taken into custody for suspicion of drunken driving. Police said Goss refused a blood test after he was taken to Tyrone Hospital.

Goss was charged with driving under the influence and released. Police added Goss has no prior DUI convictions.

A preliminary hearing on the charges is slated for Aug. 6 before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller.