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Hardy arraigned on DUI charges

Joe Napsha
| Monday, May 14, 2012, 10:20 a.m.

84 Lumber Co. magnate Joseph A. Hardy was arraigned Monday on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and a summary offense of careless driving stemming from a June 1 traffic stop on Route 201 in Rostraver.

Hardy, 78, of 1 Hardy Lane, Rostraver Township, was accused by Rostraver police of violating two DUI subsections - driving in a careless manner and driving with a blood-alcohol level .04 percent over the legal limit of 0.10 percent.

West Newton District Justice Charles Christner scheduled Hardy for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 13 and released him on his own recognizance. Hardy is required to go to the Rostraver Township Police Department within five days to be photographed and fingerprinted, a standard procedure.

Neither Hardy nor his attorney, James Toras of Pittsburgh, commented as they left the brief proceeding.

Hardy will be represented by Pittsburgh attorneys Toras and Robert J. Donahoe.

Rostraver police Officer Ronald Naylor, who filed the charges June 19, said that at 12:33 a.m. June 1 he observed the right wheels of Hardy's southbound Mercedes-Benz SL-500 cross the white fog line on the road and veer onto the berm of Route 201. The car, traveling about 20 mph, almost hit the guardrail, police reported.

When Naylor stopped Hardy's car near the Patterson Lane intersection after observing it for about one-quarter mile, the officer said that Hardy showed prominent signs of intoxication, including slurred speech. Hardy allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township for a blood test.

Hardy turned 84 Lumber into the nation's largest privately owned lumberyard chain. He and his daughter are co-owners of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington, Fayette County.

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