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Thursday, April 18, 2013, 4:21 a.m.
 

Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, said Wednesday he is taking steps to enter an Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program.

“I'm following the path that many other people have followed who have been in this situation,” said Macey, 64, after waiving a preliminary hearing on traffic-related charges including two counts of driving under the influence.

“I am making sure that I take care of myself,” Macey continued. “I am following the rules and guidelines that are set down by the court.”

Macey was charged with two first-offense DUI counts in connection with a Dec. 22 crash in Irwin Township, Venango County.

One alleged general impairment during an incident of unsafe driving, the other that his blood alcohol count was at .16 or above. A BAC of .16 is twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

According to state police, Franklin barracks, Macey was cited after a minor crash early in the morning on Dec. 22 on Scrubgrass Road.

Troopers said he was eastbound when he failed to stop at the intersection with Old Route 8. As Macey said in a January interview, “I was making a turn and my car slid into a ditch.”

Macey also was cited by state police for failure to observe a stop sign, driving at an unsafe speed and restrictions on alcoholic beverages.

“I have deep remorse of what I did,” Macey reiterated. “I made a mistake and I apologized.”

Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowry set formal arraignment for May 23 at 9 a.m. in Venango County Common Pleas Court in Franklin, but Macey can register for an ARD program in Allegheny County.

“The same rules apply across the state,” Macey said. “There is no favoritism being done here. I am doing what an average person would be doing and I can sympathize with anyone who has been in a similar situation.”

Macey also suggested for anyone who thinks they or a family member has a problem with alcohol that “the best thing to do is to seek help before something bad happens or you end up in the legal system.”

Jefferson Hills attorney Charles LoPresti is representing Macey, while Venango County Assistant District Attorney Brenda Jane Servidio is the prosecutor.

Macey remains free on an unsecured bond of $500.

“I want to continue to go forward and be the best Bob I can be,” Macey said. “I hope that the voters forgive me. Let's just move on and make the Mon Valley the best place it can be for families and for businesses.”

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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