Saturday, February 24, 2024

Gilberton Man Faces Charges for Fraudulent Inspection Sticker

A traffic stop in Frackville, led to a Gilberton man facing charges for having a fraudulent inspection sticker on his vehicle.

According to Frackville Police, on Friday, February 16, 2024, around 3:30pm, while monitoring traffic at the intersection of the Route 924 south off ramp and Main Street in Gilberton, Ptlm. Reno observed a vehicle approach a stop sign and failed to come to a complete stop before turning right from the off ramp onto Main Street. 

Ptlm. Reno initiated a traffic stop, and contact was made with the driver, Ronald Halupa, 64 of Gilberton, who began to argue when he was advised as to the reason for the stop. 

While speaking with Halupa, Ptlm. Reno observed a fraudulent inspection sticker with the expiration year drawn with a black marker. Halupa continued to argue and refused to exit the vehicle to allow Police to remove the fraudulent sticker and another officer was summoned to the location. 

Upon arrival of the second officer, Halupa remained extremely uncooperative and refused to exit his vehicle. 

After several requests to exit, Halupa finally cooperated. The sticker was removed from the vehicle and upon further inspection of the sticker, this affiant noted that the required information on the back of the sticker was not completed.

As a result of the incident, a criminal complaint was completed requesting a summons for Ronald Halupa and filed through Judge Tarantelli’s office. 

Halupa is charged with Altered, Forged or Counterfeit Documents, Stop Signs, and Operation of Vehicle Without Certificate of Inspection.