Suspected Hempfield drunk driver parks in state police lot
A Hempfield man was charged with driving under the influence when he was discovered parked in a restricted lot at the state police barracks.
Gary Christopher Santillo, 44, was also charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest by state police after the incident at the North Westmoreland Avenue barracks.
State Trooper Adam Thomas said that about 10 p.m. Saturday several troopers noticed Santillo's 2001 Toyota Solara, with two occupants, parked and running in a spot reserved for the barracks' “crime lieutenant.”
Thomas said when troopers approached the car to investigate, Santillo became combative.
At that point, the troopers noticed Santillo was “severely intoxicated,” and unable to stand or speak coherently, according to court records.
When troopers took him into custody, they asked him to submit to a breath test, which he refused, records show.
Santillo's passenger, Valerie Marie Casper, 42, also of Hempfield, was mailed a citation for criminal trespass.
Hearings will be scheduled before Hempfield District Judge James N. Falcon.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Former Steelers LB Haggans to do time in Westmoreland jail
- New Derry woman charged after mail delivery of 4 pounds of marijuana
- Hempfield man receives long-overdue Bronze Star for World War II service
- Suspect in West Newton burglary sought; alleged accomplice arrested
- Charges advance for men accused in police scuffle at Fort Ligonier Days