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Incarceration pursued for bike suspect in Westmoreland traffic obstruction cases

Rich Cholodofsky
| Friday, March 4, 2016, 11:00 p.m.

David Smith may not have been obstructing traffic when someone saw him riding his bike on Shady Lane in Greensburg last week, but a Westmoreland County assistant district attorney says he was violating terms of his bail and wants him jailed again.

The Hempfield man was in jail from July until Feb. 11 on charges related to several cases of obstructing traffic while riding his bike on county roads. One of the terms of his release on $15,000 bail was that he not ride his bike while awaiting trial.

Assistant District Attorney Anthony Iannamorelli filed documents Friday to have him jailed for violating terms of his bail, saying a witness had spotted Smith, 56, riding his bike on Feb. 27.

A bond revocation hearing had not been scheduled as of Friday afternoon.

Smith's lawyer, Larry Burns, said he wasn't aware of the latest allegations against his client.

“I can't comment on it. I haven't seen the motion,” Burns said Friday.

Smith is accused in nine cases of slowing traffic since 2012 by riding his bicycle in the middle of roads so that motorists couldn't pass him. In a 10th case, he is awaiting trial on allegations he threatened courtroom staff with a rock during one of his hearings.

Three of Smith's trials are scheduled to begin in April.

Smith has contended that he has followed standard rules of the road regarding bicycle traffic and that motorists and police are in error in interpreting his behavior on roadways. Before his release from jail, he had chosen to stay behind bars because of the bail provision that he couldn't ride his bike until his court cases were settled.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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