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Good Samaritans stop suspected DUI driver on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
State police say Good Samaritans stopped a suspected DUI driver at mile marker 15.8 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
State police say Good Samaritans stopped a suspected DUI driver at mile marker 15.8 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

State police were lauding the “outstanding efforts” of two Good Samaritans who used their own vehicles to stop a suspected drunk driver on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Beaver County Thursday.

According to state police, the driver, Frank Ray Blackmon, 53, of Waynesburg was traveling west on Interstate 76 shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday in North Sewickley Township.

The two witnesses, who were not identified, were directly behind Blackmon.

State police said they allegedly saw Blackmon being unable to keep control of his vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala.

“It was reported by the two Good Samaritans/witnesses that the accused was weaving within his travel lane, bouncing from the right hand travel lane to the left hand travel lane back and forth with the accused almost striking the concrete barrier divider of Interstate 76 westbound and also almost traveling onto the embankment located on the north side roadside area,” state police said in a release.

According to state police, the two witnesses used their vehicles to box in Blackmon's car and bring him safely to a stop on the shoulder in North Sewickley Township.

A state police trooper that arrived on the scene said Blackmon was allegedly visibly intoxicated, and allegedly found an open container of vodka in plain view.

Blackmon's driving license is suspended, state police said.

Blackmon was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. That charge and several summary traffic violation charges were pending lab results.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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