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Uniontown man charged with assault by vehicle, DUI

| Thursday, July 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Fayette County man who told police he pinned a woman between two cars because he thought she was abducting an elderly man has been charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence.

In addition, Mark Alan Wolfe, 56, of 121 Madison Ave., Uniontown, was charged on Wednesday by state police with DUI, simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and driving on a suspended license.

Wolfe told a trooper he was drinking a fifth of vodka while sitting in a Chevy Cavalier 12:45 p.m. May 12 in the parking lot of a Giant Eagle in North Union when “he looked in his rear-view window and observed what he believed to be the victim attempting to abduct an elderly male,” said police in a criminal complaint.

“Wolfe stated he became concerned and placed his vehicle into reverse, intentionally backing into the victim and pinning her between the two vehicles,” police said. “Wolfe stated once he struck the victim, he placed his vehicle into park.”

Wolfe told police he then exited his car “and watched the victim as to make sure she did not escape.”

Wolfe was still at the scene when a trooper arrived. He told them he had been drinking, according to the complaint, and showed them a fifth of vodka that was on the front-passenger seat of his car.

According to the complaint, Wolfe had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and needed help standing up. He was taken to Uniontown Hospital for a blood draw, which showed he had a blood alcohol content of .218 percent, according to the complaint. A Pennsylvania motorist is considered intoxicated at .08 percent.

Police said the victim suffered “serious bodily injury.” The trooper was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.

Charges were filed before North Union District Judge Wendy Dennis. Wolfe is wanted on an arrest warrant.

Liz Zemba is a reporter with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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