Mt. Lebanon school director cited for public drunkenness

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A Mt. Lebanon school director cited for public drunkenness early Saturday morning said he has no intention of resigning from the school board.

Scott Goldman, 42, said he was in an establishment on Washington Road celebrating with friends when, at the end of the night, he decided to walk to his home about 20 minutes away, a familiar route he said he's taken before with his family.

"I thought I was doing the responsible thing by walking home," said Mr. Goldman, who was elected to the board in November 2011.

He declined to say where he had been drinking. He also declined to provide a narrative of the police encounter, based on the advice on his lawyer, but he did answer some specific questions.

Mr. Goldman described his demeanor during the encounter as cooperative.

Lt. Aaron Lauth, spokesman for the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, said officers were dispatched to the area of North Meadowcroft Avenue and Morrison Drive around 1:54 a.m., near Mr. Goldman's home on Racine Avenue, for reports of an intoxicated male walking in the middle of the road.

Their first encounter with him was on the road, where he was cooperative, Lt. Lauth said. He would not comment on Mr. Goldman's demeanor later.

Lt. Lauth said: "Attempts were made to find a responsible person that can assure his safety. When those attempts don't result in anything immediately we have little other choice [but] to bring him to the station."

Mr. Goldman said his family was home at that hour but did not hear the doorbell.

Police believed Mr. Goldman posed a safety risk to himself and others and placed him in handcuffs on his property. Officers took him to a holding cell at the police station, where he was released less than an hour later when a friend's wife came to pick him up, Mr. Goldman and Lt. Lauth said.

"Even if we were to open the door and let them walk inside their house, are we comfortable releasing them and something bad potentially happening?" Lt. Lauth said.

Lt. Lauth said this summary offense is a "pretty common arrest."

"In the opinion of the police department, we cannot just allow them to go on their way in fear for their safety," Lt. Lauth said.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter @borntolede. First Published October 31, 2012 1:15 PM


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