Trinity Area superintendent, accused of driving drunk, to resign July 1

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The superintendent of Trinity Area School District accused of forcing a police car off the road while driving drunk in February is scheduled to resign July 1, per an agreement reached between him and district.

The school board Wednesday unanimously accepted the agreement that includes a year's severance pay and benefits for Paul Kasunich, 55, said Alan Shuckrow, special counsel to the district.

The board will vote on his replacement later, but discussed naming Assistant Superintendent Michael Lucas to the post.

Mr. Kasunich, 55, was accepted into a probationary program for first-term offenders in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court earlier this month. If he completes the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which normally lasts a year, his record can be cleared.

He has been suspended with pay since Ohio Township police pulled him over Feb. 2 after they said he crossed the center line on Mount Nebo Road shortly before 2 a.m. and nearly hit a police cruiser, forcing the officer to drive onto the berm.

The officer said he turned around and followed the vehicle as it drove erratically. After pulling him over, he said, Mr. Kasunich smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and explained that he'd had a "couple drinks."

The officer said Mr. Kasunich failed a series of sobriety tests before police took him to Sewickley Valley Hospital for a blood test. His blood-alcohol level was 0.207, more than twice the 0.08 legal limit for driving.

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