A former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate pleaded guilty this morning to driving under the influence.
A.J. Richardson, 37 of Sheraden will serve four days in the court’s DUI alternative-to-jail program, known as the DUI hotel, pay a $1,000 fine and court costs and serve six months probation.
Mr. Richardson appeared before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Flaherty on the court’s Phoenix docket, which is an expedited program.
Mr. Richardson was arrested early in the morning on April 3 in the city’s West End.
According to a criminal complaint, officers from the Zone 6 police station found Mr. Richardson slumped over the wheel of a green minivan in the middle of Steuben Street.
Mr. Richardson failed several roadside sobriety tests, referenced his run for mayor and told officers they “should have some back bone and be a voice for the black people,” the complaint said.
In May, Mr. Richardson finished a distant fourth in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
He still faces separate charges from an incident in September stemming from a neighborhood dispute.
Police were called to the 3100 block of Berman Street for the report of a fight on Sept. 3 just before 6:30 p.m.
A neighbor told police Mr. Richardson, who appeared to be intoxicated, walked into his home and threatened him. When officers questioned Mr. Richardson, he became belligerent. He resisted arrested and force was used to subdue him.
He is charged with criminal trespass, aggravated assault, burglary, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in that incident.
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