Embattled landlord in court again for motor vehicle offenses
March 2, 2016 12:26 AM
By Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A Mt. Lebanon man whose Carrick properties were shut down because of his failure to maintain them pleaded guilty to unrelated criminal charges Tuesday.
Davin Gartley, 39, must serve two years’ probation and pay a $200 fine after pleading guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving without a license. Common Pleas Judge Beth A. Lazzara told Mr. Gartley he ought to be released from the Allegheny County Jail within 48 hours.
The lengthy term of probation, she said, was to ensure he remained drug-free.
Mr. Gartley had been scheduled to appear before Judge Lazzara last week, but his hearing was postponed because he arrived in court under the influence. A drug test administered by a screener from the Allegheny County Health Department showed Mr. Gartley tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, as well as benzodiazepines and methamphetamine.
Judge Lazzara ordered Mr. Gartley be taken into custody after his court appearance last week and he has spent the last seven days in the Allegheny County Jail.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Mr. Gartley said he had not consumed any substances that would affect his judgment.
“You don’t look all that well,” the judge told him.
As part of his probation, she said, Mr. Gartley will be required to have random drug testing, and there will be a zero tolerance policy, which means, the judge continued, that if he tests positive, he will return to jail.
Mr. Gartley’s hearing was attended by members of the state attorney general’s office, which is pursuing a civil claim against him.
In May, the attorney general filed a lawsuit against Mr. Gartley in an effort to get him out of the rental business. It cited repeated health and housing violations from properties he owned on Brownsville Road in Carrick, where water was shut off, and sewage and garbage built up. The properties, which had been home to a large number of Bhutanese refugees, were declared uninhabitable.
Mr. Gartley still has three other criminal cases pending, which include charges of promoting prostitution, conspiracy to operate a house of prostitution and drug possession.
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