WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Wilder man who was busy looking under the gas cap of his car for a lost cell phone using a butane lighter when police pulled up in response to a report of his odd behavior was sentenced this week.
Jeremy Jondro, 33, pled guilty on Tuesday to a felony count of driving under the influence of drugs - fourth offense - and admitted to two accompanying violations of probation.
As a result of the pleas, Jondro’s probation, which stemmed from a pair of earlier convictions for domestic assault, was revoked and he was sentenced to a total of 1-to-4 years of jail time.
Jondro’s latest arrest came in October when Hartford Police officers were called at midnight to the Cumberland Farms convenience store in Wilder for a report of an individual stumbling around a car in the parking lot who appeared to be intoxicated.
Witnesses told police that Jondro bought beer, attempted to buy cold and flu medicine and then had stuck a banana inside a store sign before he “opened the gas cover of his car and lit up his lighter next to it.”
Police said that when they arrived Jondro claimed he was looking for a lost cell phone with the aid of the lighter.
Just a month beforehand Jondro had pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, providing false information to police and violating the terms of his probation from earlier convictions. As a result, Jondro had begun serving a month-long jail sentence on the weekends.
Jondro did poorly on field sobriety exercises but “blew zeroes” on a breath test so, as a result, police brought in an officer who is certified as a “drug recognition expert” to examine him.
After the drug recognition expert noted that Jondro was sweating profusely and appeared “very excited and talkative,” to the point that he had trouble holding still, police arranged for a blood sample to be drawn and tested.
The state's forensic lab later reported that Jondro’s blood tested positive for the presence of amphetamines, fentanyl, methadone and methamphetamine.
Jondro was seriously injured in a drunk driving crash back in 2008 on Route 12 in Hartland where he suffered a broken neck and pelvis and dislocated his hip when he drove an unregistered and uninsured car straight into a deep ditch after “having consumed many alcohol beverages prior to driving,” state troopers reported at the time.
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