A man already accused of drunk driving has been further accused of showing up to his court date under the influence of alcohol, according to local sources. Pennsylvania news has reported that the 32-year-old Scottdale man, who was already facing a DUI charge dating back to 2011, may now face further charges after he allegedly got into an altercation with his mother at the courthouse. If convicted on any of these charges, including the original DUI, he could face almost two years in prison.
According to court reports the man had been under house arrest and forbidden to drink or take drugs. However, the night before his court date he attended an anger management class and allegedly began to drink afterward. Upon arriving at the courthouse, he was described as becoming violent toward his mother, and officials were concerned he might push her from a fourth-story balcony.
The man was subsequently arrested again, and apparently a blood alcohol test was administered, though little information was included about the specifics of that test. Officials say his blood alcohol level was over four times the legal limit. The man now faces possible jail time should he be convicted of the charges.
A man who so obviously struggles with alcohol and drug problems cannot necessarily be considered wholly responsible for his own actions. Pennsylvania authorities may be persuaded to waive any jail time for the DUI as part of a plea bargain. Such a plea bargain would likely include mandatory counseling and rehabilitation for the man's apparent addictions.
Source: triblive.com, "Scottdale man accused of showing up drunk for DUI sentencing hearing", Rich Cholodofsky, Feb. 22, 2016