Officer says Trinity Area superintendent nearly struck police cruiser while DUI

Ohio Township officer says Paul Kasunich failed a series of sobriety tests

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A Washington County school superintendent nearly ran a police officer off the road while driving under the influence, police said.

Paul Kasunich, 54, of Aleppo, who heads the Trinity Area School District, was charged early Sunday morning with driving while intoxicated and related offenses in Ohio Township.

He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case.

Officer Dan Innamorato said in an affidavit he was on patrol, driving south on Mount Nebo Road shortly before 2 a.m., when a car heading the other direction swerved across the yellow line into his lane.

“I had to swerve onto the berm of the road to avoid being struck by the vehicle,” he wrote.

He turned around and followed the car, observing as the driver continued to swerve across the road, then pulled the car over.

He identified the driver as Mr. Kasunich and said he smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and explained that he had a “couple drinks.”

The officer said Mr. Kasunich failed a series of sobriety tests, nearly falling over several times. Officer Innamorato then arrested him and handcuffed him in his cruiser.

Police later took him to Sewickley Valley Hospital for a blood test. The results aren’t yet available.

Mr. Kasunich was charged with driving under the influence and released to someone who drove him home. He faces a preliminary hearing next month.

This is the second time Mr. Kasunich has been suspended following an incident involving police. In 2010, he was charged with simple assault stemming from a domestic fight with his girlfriend, a principal in the Avonworth School District. She did not want to pursue the case, the charges were dropped and Mr. Kasunich returned to work.


Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510. First Published February 7, 2014 9:06 AM

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