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Jeannette woman, allegedly drunk, tells police after 2 crashes: 'I didn't call you here'

Paul Peirce
| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
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Penn Borough Police allege a Jeannette driver was four times over the legal limit for intoxication and high on prescription medications when she was involved in collisions in Jeannette and Adamsburg on Sept. 28.

Heather Baney, 46, was arraigned Thursday on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of controlled substances, careless driving, reckless driving, unauthorized transfer of vehicle registration, resisting arrest and having an unlicensed dog following the crashes that occurred just before 4 p.m.

An analysis showed Baney's blood-alcohol level was 0.337 percent and that she was under the influence of a mixture of prescription medications, police said. In Pennsylvania, a driver is considered intoxicated at 0.08 percent.

Penn Borough Police Sgt. Eric Colamarino was among officers who responded to a dispatch report that a 1997 Oldsmobile sedan had struck a car and telephone pole on 12th Street in Jeannette and fled, he said in an affidavit of probable cause. Police said no one was injured.

Colamarino said he came upon Baney's disabled Oldsmobile with a heavily damaged front end in the center of Penn Adamsburg Road just after it had collided with a sport utility vehicle, according to court documents. Colamarino said he approached the car and saw a dog walking outside the car and a woman lying across the front seat.

“The female (Baney) leaned up and said, ‘I need to leave. ... Let's move these cars already,' ” Colamarino said. “I didn't call you here.' ”

The SUV driver told police Baney's car crossed the center line and struck his vehicle head-on. He was transported by ambulance to Excela Health Westmoreland hospital in Greensburg where he was treated for multiple injuries, police said.

Colamarino said he asked Baney to submit to a field sobriety test.

“Upon Ms. Baney standing up, she immediately fell back into the car and refused to exit the vehicle,” the officer said.

Colamarino said Baney struggled with him as he tried to remove her from the car to arrest her. Baney refused medical treatment but agreed to a blood draw at the hospital, he said.

When she was taken to the hospital, Baney became aggressive with hospital staff and “she slipped her handcuffs and attempted to leave the hospital treatment room,” Colamarino reported.

Baney had to be restrained, he said.

Her dog was unlicensed, and the vehicle she was driving had an illegal registration, he said.

Baney was arraigned before Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler and released on $5,000 recognizance bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 30 before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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