Arrests during DUI checkpoint

Published Jun 3, 2014 at 8:47 am (Updated Jun 3, 2014 at 8:47 am)

Fourteen drivers were detained during a driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol checkpoint conducted by the Washington County DUI Task Force between 10:30 p.m. May 31, and 2:30 a.m. June 1, in front of the Peters Township High School, 264 East McMurray Road.

Of the 14 drivers, five were charged with DUI with two of those were also charged with possession of marijuana. Police said 350 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint.

A passenger in one of the vehicles, Jordan Johnson, 20, of Union Ave., McKeesport, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana after police found a grinder and a bowl of marijuana on his lap.

Drivers Thaddeus Piscatelli, 22, of Sycamore Drive, McMurray, and Morgan A. Doak, 22, of Ramsey Road, Washington, were charged with DUI and possession of marijuana.

Drivers William R. Grippo, 55, of Druid Drive, McMurray; Gerald Obiecunas, 54, of Royal Drive, Library, and Mark A. Otlano, 55, of Sleepy Hollow Road, Library, were all charged with DUI.

All charges will be sent by summons.

Another driver was driving on a suspended license, and another was found to be driving a vehicle with an expired inspection.

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