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Upper St. Clair Police Charge Three With DUI

The latest from the office of Magisterial District Judge Robert Wyda.

heard the following driving under the influence cases on Monday in magisterial district court:

  • Vincent Seve Porco, 19, of Upper St. Clair was held for court on six charges including one count of driving under the influence and one count of underage drinking. According to the criminal complaint filed by , an officer saw Porco speeding along Old Washington Road in a blue car as he was in the parking lot at 1:30 a.m. on July 24. The officer stated Porco performed poorly on three field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content level of .079 percent. In Pennsylvania, the legal blood alcohol content limit for minors is .02 percent, not .08 percent like adults.
  • Kristin Mary Duff, 23, of Upper St. Clair was held for court on five charges including two counts of driving under the influence and one count of careless driving. According to the criminal complaint filed by Upper St. Clair police, an officer pulled Duff over after he saw her car stopped in the middle of Morrow Road at 2:48 a.m. on July 21.
  • The case against Christian C. Weaver, 24, of Mt. Lebanon was continued Monday. Upper St. Clair police accuse Weaver of being intoxicated when he used the restaurant parking lot to turn around on Bower Hill Road, colliding with another car and causing injury to its driver. Weaver is facing seven charges.
william atwell September 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM
When will the youth and young adults learn? If you drink don't drive. You either end up in a police car or my ambulance
B September 11, 2012 at 01:30 PM
FYI, the alcohol limit for those under 21 is actually .02, it is a small allowance for religious functions.
Becky Brindle September 11, 2012 at 01:37 PM
You're right, Bryan. It's called the Zero Tolerance Law. http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=611972&mode=2
Jim September 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Texting/emailing while driving is much more dangerous than drinking and driving in my opinion and it gets a fraction of the attention and the penalties if caught are ridiculously low. Not condoning DUI by any means, just wishing we paid as much attention to texting while driving. Just look around you as you are driving down Rt. 19 and see how many people are holding their phones up with eyes off the road while doing 50mph towards oncoming traffic! Pretty scary!!
Roger September 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Jim, we don't pay any attention to DUIs now. I agree the texting topic is important. But, we have no will to deal with the drinking issue, so why is the texting any different? Just look at the daily Police blotters. Look at the court cases before the Wash Co judges. While having no objective statistics, it surely seems that half of the problems of unlawful behavior is related to drinking, most of it while driving. There is nothing new here. The DUI problem has been around for a long time, and nobody is willing to deal with it. When another incident happens, it is just another ho-hum. Even when somebody gets killed, it is another ho-hum, or a defense advanced by those close to the defendant (e.g. the recent case of a young woman driving from WV, unable to drive her car and killing two older people). We have become so desensitized to DUI, nothing of import is done. My proposal that I have advanced previously: First offense, loss of vehicle for six months, Second offense, loss of vehicle for a year. I would rather build impound yards than prisons. And, please, no excuses about "getting to work," "hardship on the family," and other nonsense. These are good reasons why others will impose their wishes on the offender, giving more responsibility to others to keep them off the road. Maybe such a plan would also work for those texting as well.
B September 12, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Not giving excuses here but A huge problem around here is that there are 0 public transportation options in the south hills. Those who drink too much and want a cab home don't even have that option because cabs won't come out here. So it's be stranded or drive. I know people should plan ahead but this just adds to the problem.
Roger September 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM
You are right about no public transportation. Personal responsibility is the issue, not lack of resources and strategies to find transportation after drinking in a public place. I still await an answer (over the years) about why some choose to be so selfish as to engage in these risky behaviors.
B September 12, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I agree that personal responsibility trumps the lack of transportation. I just wanted to point out that one of the major downsides of living here in the suburbs is that the option doesn't even exist and it is sad. You are lucky if you can get a cab to even come to the south hills on a Friday or Saturday night. I have called the puc on cabbies who wouldn't ride me from downtown to the south hills.
Jim K. September 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM
A significant part of the problem is the legal drinking age being 21, long after parents have the opportunity to teach their children to drink responsibly. Lower the drinking age to 16 for beer and wine and 18 for spirits. If they drink too much, they won't have to hide it or do something stupid, they can call their parents for a ride.
cc September 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Pennsylvania does not have a .02 allowance for religious functions for people under 21. Pennsylvania is one of the 10 states that does not allow anyone under the age of 21 to drink even if it is at a Religious Function. 40 states have set their own exceptions to allow underage consumption of alcohol under certain circumstances. 10 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia have no exceptions in their underage alcohol consumption laws. http://drinkingage.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=002591
B September 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM
@cc then maybe the .02 is for mouthwash? All I know is you can be under 21 and have had a drink but be under the limit.
william atwell September 22, 2012 at 06:33 PM
All I can say is wow, just while.This is typical fashion that I have come to hate with my township. People have no respect for the law of the land. Next thing we the residents will want is for our line officers not to enforce the laws of the land. I grew up watching people consume and enjoy home made hootch. There is the reason for the laws we have. We may not agree but it is the law. Drinking use to be 18 people where not response able. Kids under 18 could get beer from there buddies and blood flowed on the roads. So we changed the laws. 3 people violated the law. They where caught under suspicious of DUI. They are accused of violating the laws of the commonwealth of PA and will be punished for it
william atwell September 22, 2012 at 06:35 PM
@ Jim how do you teach your kids? I mean do you take your kids out and show them how to break a window and then say this is wrong? Or do you teach by example? When or if you consume alcohol do you do in moderation? Or do you drink to extreme? I do not understand your idiology. It shocks me with the thought process of residents of this township.
william atwell September 22, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I also find it appalling how residents treat and act to law enforcement. I mean if these crimes really don't offend you then why do we pay for police protection? Let's get rid of the police and let kids drink whatever they want, do the drugs they already do. I mean people in this township has there head in the sand just like the ast police chief. We have laws to protect us. Let's teach our kids right by leading by example.

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