Murrysville attorney held for trial on DUI, other charges
A Murrysville attorney allegedly dropped names and threatened police with losing their jobs while trying to talk his way out of being arrested for drunken driving in July, according to court documents.
Rolf Louis Patberg, 47, of Logan Ferry Road, Murrysville, was arrested on July 10 after driving his sport utility vehicle onto a golf course.
Patberg waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday before Washington Township Judge Jason Buczak on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and trespass by motor vehicle.
Patberg was released on his own recognizance. He did not respond to messages left at his office.
Buczak heard the case after Export Judge Charles Conway recused himself. Conway could not be reached for comment.
Conway's name was one of those Patberg allegedly invoked in threatening Murrysville police with losing their jobs as they arrested him.
Murrysville police responded after a motorist reported a drunken driver in a black SUV at Sardis and School roads shortly before midnight on July 10. A tree was down on Sardis Road, causing traffic to detour onto Bulltown Road.
In court documents, police said they found a black Ford Expedition with body damage in the parking lot of the Meadowink Golf Course.
As police approached, the SUV drove onto the course, sinking into the wet grass and damaging the turf. Police followed on a golf cart trail until the SUV stopped.
Police identified the driver as Patberg with his driver's license. They said he was wearing torn pants, had an abrasion on his head, bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.
In court documents, police said Patberg got out of his vehicle and twice fell to the ground.
He allegedly told police he had a couple of beers and stopped drinking about an hour before.
“While speaking with Patberg, he told me that he was an attorney, and that he knew people,” Officer Thomas Hart wrote in court documents. “He suggested that we ‘work something out.'”
Police say Patberg failed one field sobriety test and refused to cooperate with others.
After being helped into a police car to be taken for a blood test, Patberg repeatedly said, “Don't you know who the (expletive) I am?”
“He continually told me about people he knew, and how I was going to be fired and sued,” Hart wrote in court documents.
At the hospital, Patberg allegedly said he was “a little buzzed,” and that he was an educated man and “not a criminal.”
He allegedly told Hart “that he was going to tell Charlie Conway about this, and that I was finished.”
On the return trip to the police station, Patberg allegedly continued to yell from the back seat and head-butted the car's Plexiglas safety cage at least four times.
Patberg allegedly resisted being fingerprinted and put in a holding cell.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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