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Councilwoman faces DUI count in Duquesne

| Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, 3:17 a.m.

A Duquesne councilwoman is facing drunk driving charges stemming from a weekend auto accident.

Fawn Ebony McDaniel, 38, was charged with two counts of DUI and one count of reckless driving on Dec. 14, when she allegedly lost control of her 2003 Mitsubishi and struck three parked vehicles in the 1300 block of Kennedy Avenue.

Police said they responded to the scene at about 11:45 p.m. to find McDaniel's vehicle sideways in the street and touching one of the other vehicles. McDaniel was behind the wheel and appeared confused, according to police.

McDaniel, who told police that a cat ran into the roadway, failed a field sobriety test and was taken to UPMC McKeesport for blood-alcohol testing. Lab results are pending, according to police.

McDaniel, who could not be reached for comment, was released from the hospital to a friend.

Duquesne Mayor Phil Krivacek said he'd prefer to see all of the facts before commenting on the arrest.

“I feel bad for her if it's true,” he said. “We'll just wait and see how it plays out and let it take its course.”

Duquesne solicitor Jessica Crown said she could not comment on the arrest.

This is not first brush with the law for McDaniel, who was elected to council in November 2009.

Duquesne police charged her with disorderly conduct on Sept. 18. That charge was dismissed in district court on Nov. 18.

McDaniel is scheduled to appear before Forest Hills Magisterial District Judge Thomas P. Caulfield on Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. for Friday's incident.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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