Carnival worker charged

July 25, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man charged with being drunk while operating a Ferris wheel at a firemen's carnival Saturday remained in jail on $10,000 bond Thursday pending his preliminary hearing, according to court records.

Donald Ray Anderson, 40, of 261 Hawbaker Ave., was charged with public drunkenness by Greencastle Borough Police. His blood alcohol count was tested at .18 percent, according to allegations in charging documents in District Justice Shirley Shatzer's office.

Anderson also was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records said.

According to Patrolman K.E. Creager, he and Patrolman Michael Knechtel were on foot patrol when they responded to a complaint by a resident who told the officers that she was concerned about the condition of the man operating the Ferris wheel. She told officers she thought he was drunk or high, court records said.


The carnival was sponsored by Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 and was held at the fire department's special events center property at 407 S. Washington St.

William Hull, president of the fire company, could not be reached Thursday. No one at the fire department Thursday knew the name of the carnival group or its owner.

The officers went to the Ferris wheel and observed Anderson, according to court records.

"He was moving slowly and had difficulty keeping his eyes open," the report said. "As he got up from the chair to let children on and off he swayed back and forth and would lose his balance."

The officers reported Anderson's condition to the carnival owner. She asked Anderson if he was all right. He said he was tired from swimming all day and from medication he was taking, court records said.

The owner, who was not identified, asked the officers to check on Anderson. She replaced him with another operator and told him to "go home and get some rest," court records said.

Police detected an odor of alcohol on Anderson and he was given a breath test that showed his blood alcohol count to be .18 percent, court records allege.

"The potential for a serious event was certainly there," Greencastle Police Chief Terry Sanders said Thursday. "We're gratified that it was avoided."

Anderson had an Ohio driver's license. A check showed that there was an outstanding warrant on him by police in North Hampton County, Pa., records showed.

Police found a small quantity of marijuana and a pipe during a search of Anderson, court records allege.

Anderson, on his application for a court-appointed lawyer, said he made $250 a week.

A preliminary hearing for Anderson is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Central Court in Chambersburg, Pa.

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