- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Republican state House member from Allegheny County is waiving his preliminary hearing on charges he drove drunk in the Harrisburg suburbs earlier this summer.

John Maher told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2x8AA8p ) on Thursday that he waived this week’s hearing because he accepts responsibility for a bad decision.

Court records show an East Pennsboro Township officer stopped the 58-year-old Maher at about 1 a.m. on June 13 after seeing him make a U-turn and drive in the wrong direction.

Maher gave the officer his Capitol ID badge, telling the Post-Gazette that he typically has the ID in a shirt pocket with his driver’s license.

The patrol officer wrote that Maher nearly fell into him “while trying to stop walking.”



A test showed Maher’s blood-alcohol content was about 0.18, or more than twice the legal limit.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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