State police: DUI charges likely for county councilman
An Allegheny County councilman will likely face charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in Venango County last month, Pennsylvania State Police said.
Robert J. Macey, 64, of West Mifflin, failed two sobriety tests Dec. 22 after he skidded on a patch of ice sometime before 7:30 a.m. and ran the front of his vehicle into a shallow ditch in Irwin Township, police said.
Firefighters responded to the scene and phoned state police, who administered the tests at the station. State police anticipate filing charges, pending results of a blood test expected late January or early February, Trooper Jason Morrison said.
Mr. Macey, who represents several Mon Valley communities including McKeesport, West Mifflin, White Oak, North Versailles and Dravosburg, said he had been drinking at a friend's party the night before but had not consumed alcohol that morning.
He said he had rested up after the party and was en route to a friend's cottage when he crashed.
"I certainly apologize to the residents I represent, and I certainly have deep remorse, and I want to put this behind me and move forward," he said.
He plans to begin this week: Mr. Macey said he will enter therapy for alcohol abuse starting Wednesday.
First Published January 1, 2013 3:39 pm