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Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The driver and passenger in a car that veered off the highway and crashed Sunday evening have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

The Stoystown couple were arguing as they drove on Route 30 about 7:30 p.m. when their car left the road and struck some small trees, police said.

State police in Somerset said that as driver Jessica J. Messenger, 24, and her passenger, Carl B. Scarlett, 32, argued, Scarlett leaned over and “yanked the steering wheel,” causing the crash.

No one was reported injured.

State police Trooper Jeffrey Flowers said the occupants were believed to be intoxicated.

Scarlett also was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person and is jailed on $20,000 bond because the arrest violated his parole, police said.

Charges were filed before Boswell District Judge Susan Mankamyer.

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