Olympic medalist Angle held for court on DUI charge

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Olympic gold medalist and professional wrestler Kurt Angle was ordered to stand trial yesterday on charges of driving under the influence, refusing a blood test for alcohol and careless driving.

Mr. Angle, 39, of Moon, was arrested at his home Sept. 28 after officers received a complaint from a witness who said Mr. Angle almost hit her car coming out of the Seashell Bar and Grill in Moon.

The witness, Sally Buterbaugh, testified yesterday that Mr. Angle "was all over the road" crossing the double yellow line several times. She wrote down the license plate for Mr. Angle's white Cadillac Escalade and notified police.

Officer Paul Kavashansky testified that he went to Mr. Angle's house, where he admitted to being the driver of the Escalade and to having a few beers with lunch at the Seashell. Officer Kavashansky administered field sobriety tests, which Mr. Angle failed, and then put Mr. Angle under arrest. He later refused a blood test.

Mr. Angle's lawyer, Michael Santicola, challenged the use of a civilian witness as the basis for a prosecution, pointing out that no officer could put Mr. Angle in the vehicle at a specific time -- a crucial element in proving DUI.

Still, Coraopolis District Judge Mary P. Murray held all charges for trial.


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