Woman charged with DUI at court
Trooper smelled alcohol on breath
From Mirror staff reports
A woman who state police said drove drunk to District Court has been charged.
It all started March 12 when Sheree M. Bollman, 49, of Altoona, appeared at Tyrone District Court as part of a case in which she was not the defendant.
According to charges filed last week by state police, a trooper in the courtroom saw Bollman talking to another trooper about the case she was involved with and overheard the trooper ask her if she had driven to court.
Bollman allegedly said she got a ride from a friend and later, Trooper Patrick Wise walked to his patrol vehicle and noticed Bollman moving her 2018 Nissan Altima from one parking space to another in the lot.
It was then that Wise asked his fellow officer why he asked Bollman whether she had driven to court that day. The other trooper explained while talking to Bollman, he could smell alcohol on her breath.
Trooper Wise then walked to the court’s lobby and asked Bollman to step outside so they could talk. The trooper noted in the charges that he also smelled alcohol on Bollman’s breath and said she had bloodshot, glassy eyes.
When he asked Bollman if she’d been drinking, Bollman allegedly said she was drinking the night before because she was nervous.
After a portable breath test indicated a high level of alcohol, Wise asked Bollman to perform some field sobriety tests.
After she was unable to complete the field tests, Bollman was taken to Tyrone Regional Health Network for a blood test, police noted.
Bollman’s blood-alcohol content was 0.206 percent, according to police.
Bollman has one previous DUI arrest, police said.
Bollman was charged Tuesday on DUI charges and is scheduled to appear on June 11 in Tyrone District Court for a preliminary hearing.