ShareThis Page

Lower Burrell woman ends up in wrong house, wrong bed

| Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 12:21 a.m.

Police say a Lower Burrell woman decided to walk home instead of driving after she had been drinking Friday night, but she went to the wrong house.


Police say that after trying to climb in through a window both times, she wound up in a stranger's bed.

Lower Burrell police said Allison Marie Plusquellic, 36, was drinking at the Lamp Post off Leechburg Road when she decided to walk to a relative's house.

“She wasn't driving, and that was good,” police Chief Tim Weitzel said. “But she tried to get inside two houses by using windows.”

At the first house, along Edgecliff Road near the bar, a window was open. Plusquellic apparently tried to get inside but couldn't.

Police said she left her purse behind.

Later she made her way to a residence along Wildlife Lodge Road, more than a mile away.

Police said Plusquellic opened a window and climbed in. Plusquellic went to a bedroom, got into bed and fell asleep.

The homeowner didn't know that Plusquellic was asleep in her house when she found an open window.

“She knew that the window had been closed, so she did the right thing,” Weitzel said. “She left and called police.”

Officers found Plusquellic still asleep.

She is charged with burglary, for allegedly breaking into a house where someone was present, and two counts of breaking into a structure.

“This could have ended much differently and maybe tragically,” Weitzel said.

“If someone sees someone entering their house through a window, they have the right to defend themselves.”

Plusquellic was arraigned Sunday and released in lieu of a $10,000 non-monetary bond pending a preliminary hearing.

Attempts on Monday to reach Plusquellic, as well as the victim, were unsuccessful.

When Plusquellic picked up her purse Monday morning at the Lower Burrell police station, Weitzel said she told a detective, “I must have been sleepwalking.”

Records show Plusquellic was charged with drunken driving in Murrysville in October 2015.

She was placed on probation for six months and subjected to PennDOT penalties.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711 or or on Twitter @Chuck Biedka.

Editor's note: An earlier version of the story incorrectly reported the date when Plusquellic had been drinking. It was Friday, May 5.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.