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Pennsylvania school official facing drunk driving charges

A Pennsylvania school superintendent has been accused of driving under the influence after he allegedly nearly struck a police vehicle. The 54-year-old man was arrested during the morning hours on Feb. 2 after the encounter. Authorities say the drunk driving charges were levied shortly after his arrest, and the man was released into the custody of someone who drove him back home. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month in the matter. Official reports show that the man allegedly nearly struck a police officer as he was driving on Mount Nebo Road in Ohio Township at about 2 a.m. on Feb. 2. The officer was forced to swerve onto the side of the road to avoid being hit. That officer followed the vehicle, watching as the driver reportedly continued to drive erratically. The officer then pulled the driver over, observing the smell of alcohol and seeing that the driver reportedly had bloodshot eyes. Further, the driver is accused of failing several sobriety tests and nearly falling over. The defendant received a blood alcohol test at a local hospital. The BAC information from that test has not yet been made available, according to news reports. The man has been suspended from his job pending the outcome of the investigation. This is not the first time he has been suspended because of an incident involving police officers. He was also suspended in 2010 after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, but she decided not to pursue the case. DUI defendants such as this man are not considered guilty just because they were pulled over and accused of drunk driving. A Pennsylvania attorney can help such victims learn more about their legal options. Qualified attorneys may be able to help drivers learn more about the impact that BAC level has on their case, for instance, along with many other important facts. Source:  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Officer says Trinity Area superintendent nearly struck police cruiser while DUI” 7 February 2014

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