By LINDSEY BLEST
LNP Staff Writer
A Conoy Township supervisor charged with DUI in May said he “made a mistake.”
John Shearer, 60, was pulled over by a Susquehanna Regional police officer on River Road/Route 441 near North Second Street around 1:15 a.m. May 9, according to charging documents. The arresting officer said he saw the vehicle drift back and forth and almost strike a utility pole.
When the officer asked for identification, Shearer identified himself as a Conoy Township supervisor. Shearer failed sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test at the police station, according to charging documents.
Reached by phone on Monday, June 10, Shearer offered a brief comment.
“I made a mistake,” he said. “I want to shout out to Susquehanna Regional police for doing their job.”
Shearer’s supervisor term expires in January. He is running unopposed for re-election.
Stephen Mohr, chair of the board of supervisors, said that Shearer’s role in the township will continue unchanged as he goes through the criminal process.
“He’s no different than any of the other citizens. We just deal with it. Hopefully it’s a wake-up call,” Mohr said.
Mohr said he does not condemn Shearer.
“He’ll be able to perform supervisor duties and maybe give advice to others in the community,” Mohr said.
Shearer works part time for the township. He mows grass for $14.96 per hour and does animal control work for $19.03 per hour, according to the township.
The case is being handled in DUI Central Court with arraignment scheduled for Thursday, June 20.