Trinity Area superintendent waives preliminary hearing on drunken driving charges

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A Washington County school superintendent waived his preliminary hearing today on drunken driving charges stemming from a traffic stop last month in Ohio Township.

Paul Kasunich, 54, superintendent of Trinity Area School District, nearly hit a police cruiser Feb. 2 while driving under the influence on Mount Nebo Road shortly before 2 a.m., police said at the time.

Trinity Area school board suspended Mr. Kasunich with pay after learning of the charges.

Mr. Kasunich's attorney, Robert Del Greco, said he believes his client is a prime candidate for the state's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. Successful completion of the ARD program allows first-time offenders to have charges against them dismissed and their record expunged.

"I know that he regrets his transgression," Mr. Del Greco said. "He's eager and hopeful to get back to work whenever the Trinity school board sees fit to reinstate him. He's trying to get his job back."

Mr. Kasunich's formal arraignment is April 25, when he will be interviewed for the ARD program and an ARD hearing will be scheduled.



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