Nicholas W. Young was accused of beating girlfriend, driving drunk with wife

Last updated: July 16. 2014 8:15PM - 890 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — First he allegedly drove drunk with his wife in the vehicle. Then he allegedly beat up his girlfriend. Now, Nicholas W. Young has pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with separate domestic assault and drunken driving cases from June 2012.

Young, 50, of Hunlock Creek, entered his plea Wednesday before Luzerne County Judge Fred A. Pierantoni III.

State police said they pulled Young over on June 10, 2012 after he was observed driving a Dodge Durango erratically in Plymouth Township.

Police said the vehicle’s registration had been suspended for insurance lapse — and that Young, who said the truck was his but registered in his son’s name — told them “he only had four or five beers” and “he then advised that he was most likely over the limit.”

Troopers said they learned that Young’s license had been suspended for driving under the influence, and that he was listed as a habitual offender.

Young’s son told police he had advised his father not to drive the vehicle because it was uninsured and suspended, but that Young took it anyway.

In a separate case, troopers were dispatched to a Main Road home in Hunlock Creek on June 21, 2012 and interviewed a woman who said Young, her boyfriend, had thrown her around the apartment, swore at her, and jumped on top of the woman after she had fallen down.

Troopers said Young became combative at the police station, yelling, kicking, spitting and threatening to harm police.

His plea included admissions to one count each of harassment, disorderly conduct in the domestic case. In the other case, he pleaded guilty to DUI, habitual offender and blood-alcohol content of .02 or greater (second offense).

Additional charges, including simple assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, were withdrawn as part of the plea.

Young must pay $150 in fines for the domestic case and is to have no contact with the victim or her family members.

Sentencing in the DUI case is set for Sept. 25.

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