By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - A Shenandoah man is facing DUI and drug charges after bicycling in the middle of Main Street at 3am in May.
According to Shenandoah Police, charges were filed Thursday for an incident occurring May 15, in which Jeffrey Capiga, 34, of South Ferguson Street, exited the Turkey Hill parking lot on a bicycle, travelling northbound on Main Street in front of a Shenandoah police officer.
Capiga travelled on the wrong side of the road, crossed over into the northbound lane near Rite Aid, rode onto the sidewalk approaching a red light at Main and Centre, turned right at Centre and immediately crossed the street, travelling against traffic.
The officer activated their emergency lights and stopped Capiga at East Centre and North Market Streets. Capiga told officers he was unaware he couldn't ride on the wrong side of the road.
While speaking with officers, Capiga waved to the rear of BB&T Bank, noting he was waving to people behind the bank, though, according to police, no one was present in that area.
Capiga was asked to perform a field sobriety test, which he was unable to successfully complete, and was then asked to submit to a drug influence evaluation at the borough police station, and he agreed to do so. The evaluation revealed Capiga was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Capiga noted that he had used methamphetamine two or three days prior, and smoked marijuana the day prior, though later admitted to using both that night, according to police. Capiga then declined to submit to a blood test.
In a bag Capiga carried, a small, clear ziploc-style bag containing a "white rock-like substance" was found. When asked if he possessed any illegal items, he admitted to having such items in the bag, and noted he should've had the aforementioned clear bag in his hand, "that way, when he saw the red and blue lights, he could've thrown it and it would've been gone," according to the affidavit of probable cause.
The contents of the bag were field tested, which indicated the presence of methamphetamine.
Capiga faces charges of Driving Under the Influence, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and various traffic offenses.
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