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Penn Township man charged in two separate car accidents

| Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

A 48-year-old Penn Township man who allegedly struck a flag woman and a Postal Service truck within three days last week is facing multiple criminal and traffic charges in two jurisdictions.

James G. Beiter of 231 Richmond Drive was charged by Jeannette police with multiple complaints following an incident at 4 p.m. Aug. 8 on North Fourth Street. He is accused of hitting a flag woman for Northern Pipe Line, who was directing traffic at a road construction site, with his car and leaving the scene.

The victim, Dawn Cesovski, later sought medical treatment for a minor hip injury, police said.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis, Beiter was driving a red Chevrolet convertible when he struck Cesovski. Patrolman Justin Scalzo said Cesovski was directing traffic, and Beiter failed to stop as instructed.

“She reported being pushed onto the hood of the vehicle and then falling off,” Scalzo wrote.

Cesovski and another construction worker told police Beiter apologized, then drove off. Both workers said they asked Beiter to stay until police arrived.

When police questioned Beiter afterward at his home, “Beiter stated he never actually made contact with the worker and that she as well as her supervisor (James Askey) both yelled at him and told him to leave,” Scalzo wrote.

Beiter is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report the accident to police and failing to render aid.

Three days later, Penn Township police were summoned about 11 a.m. to an accident on Route 130 involving a Honda sport-utility vehicle that Beiter was driving and a parked Postal Service vehicle.

When police Officer David Loughner questioned Beitler, he denied hitting the truck and said he hit a stone culvert on the side of the road.

Loughner wrote in an affidavit of probable cause that Beiter appeared to “be disoriented,” and two witnesses to the accident said they saw Beiter remove something from his shoe and place it in shrubbery after the wreck in the 1900 block.

Police allege the bag contained marijuana.

Beiter is charged with driving under a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed before Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler.

Beiter could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Beiter's hearing before DeMarchis is scheduled for Sept. 27 and his hearing before Kistler is scheduled for Oct. 2.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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