Police: Northwestern worker was high on bath salts when crash occurred
SHAMOKIN — Police said a Mount Carmel man employed by Northwestern Human Services was high on a synthetic drug when he crashed along Route 54 in March, injuring two company clients.
Chemical testing discovered amphetamine and alpha-pvp, components of drugs commonly referred to as “bath salts,” in the system of Mark W. Ososkie, 32, of 224 S. Locust St., according to a police affidavit. His blood was drawn about one hour after the 4:30 p.m. crash on March 24 in Coal Township near the Aqua PA facility and the Roaring Creek tract of the Weiser State Forest.
Ososkie couldn’t explain how the 2012 Volkswagen he was driving drifted off the road and struck a rock wall, causing it to spin and flip, police said.
He denied having abused drugs the day of the crash despite exhibiting signs of intoxication, but said he was on Suboxone, Ritalin and testosterone. However, he claimed to having injected what he believed to be a cocaine-like substance the weekend prior, the affidavit states. He confessed to having possessed an uncapped syringe found at the scene, police said, and track marks were observed on both arms.
Both William Scherer, 55, and Russel Minier, 28, were treated at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Scherer suffered a broken left leg among his injuries. A relative told The News-Item he remains in Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation, Frackville. Minier was treated and released the following day, police said.
Both men reside at a group home operated by Northwestern Human Services, according to Scherer’s relative.
Ososkie is charged by Patrolman Edward Purcell with two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, careless driving and driving on roadways laned for traffic.
A message left Monday with a Northwestern Human Services employee regarding Ososkie’s employment status was not returned.