Robert J. Drust Jr. also to be sentenced in road-rage case

Last updated: July 07. 2014 11:38PM - 1592 Views
By - rdupuis@timesleader.com

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WILKES-BARRE — A man charged in a violent road-rage incident last year and several other cases pleaded guilty in connection with three cases on Monday, and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Robert J. Drust Jr., 58, whose addresses in court documents included Wilkes-Barre and Hanover townships, entered the pleas before Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas.

According to court documents, Monday’s pleas covered the following:

• On Aug. 14, police were called for a report that Drust had violated a protection-from-abuse order by repeatedly driving near the victim’s Wilkes-Barre Township residence, and were advised that Drust had purchased a case of ammunition earlier that day.

Police said they pulled Drust over after he failed to stop at a stop sign, and ordered him out of the vehicle at gunpoint. Officers found a drug pipe and marijuana in Drust’s possession, according to an affidavit.

Drust pleaded guilty to one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia in that case.

• On Jan. 14, police were called for a report that Drust had violated a protection-from-abuse order. When police arrived at his Hanover Township address to take Drust into custody, they said they detected a strong odor of unburned marijuana.

Drust told police six times that he does not smoke marijuana because he is subject to urine testing.

Police said they recovered 10 plastic bags of pot, including seven bags of “high-grade” marijuana weighing more than 2 ounces.

Drust pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to deliver in that case.

• On March 5, police received a report that Drust attempted to purchase a gun in violation of the PFA order, lying on the form by stating he was not subject to any restraining order. The shop would not sell the gun after determining Drust was under a PFA order.

He pleaded guilty to making a false written statement in connection with a gun purchase.

Drust is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22 for the cases above and for a June 2, 2013, incident in which he pistol-whipped a man who cut him off in traffic. After both drivers pulled over, Drust told the man he was going to shoot him in the head, adding, “I have mental problems and I’ll get away with it,” according to an affidavit.

Drust signed off on a plea agreement in that case on March 17, covering charges that included terroristic threats and simple assault.

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