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DUI charge pending against Allegheny County councilman

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Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 4:31 a.m.

Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, said he is seeking help after making what he called “a stupid mistake.”

The councilman could be charged with DUI in connection with a minor crash in Venango County shortly before 8 a.m. on Dec. 22, according to state police.

Macey, 64, was traveling east on Scrubgrass Road in Irwin Township in his 2005 Chevrolet Malibu when he failed to stop at the intersection with Old Route 8, state police at the Franklin barracks said in a report. The vehicle crossed over the road and into a ditch.

“I was making a turn and my car slid into a ditch,” Macey said. “The only damage was to my car.”

The county councilman, whose District 9 includes West Mifflin and several other Mon Valley communities, said he had been drinking the night before but not at the time of the crash.

He said his family has had a cabin in the area of the accident for more than 50 years.

He said he was examined by firefighters, who summoned state police.

The state police report said Macey “was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently detained for further investigation.

He failed field sobriety testing while at the Franklin State Police station” and was transported to UPMC Northwest in Franklin for blood-alcohol testing.

Charges are pending the outcome of those tests, police said.

“I'm seeking help,” Macey said. “I apologize for what happened. It was a stupid mistake.”

Macey faces re-election in 2013 in a district that covers areas from North Versailles Township to the South Allegheny School District.

“I hope to continue to serve the residents of the Mon Valley,” Macey said.

Tribune Review News Service contributed to this story. Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or

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