Police: Driver Reportedly Almost Hits Pedestrian, Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

A breath test showed the man had a blood-alcohol content of .213 percent.

Canonsburg police arrested a man for suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday after he reportedly almost hit a pedestrian walking near the Dollar General on East Pike Street.

Police said they were notified around 7:20 p.m. of a reported reckless driver travelling on state Route 19 in North Strabane who was turning on Weavertown Road. A 911 operator told police that a man was following the vehicle, which was headed into the borough and was reportedly “all over the roadway.”

Police next heard from 911 that the witness called to report the driver’s vehicle had “skipped a curb and went three-quarters onto the sidewalk,” allegedly almost hitting a pedestrian near the Dollar General on East Pike Street.

Officers again heard from a 911 operator when the vehicle, driven by Donald Gshinsky, had turned into a commercial parking lot at 126 E. Pike St., and was being blocked in by the vehicle of the witness who had followed him there.

Police said that when they approached Gshinsky, officers “observed (he) was slurring his speech, he was sweating and his eyes were bloodshot.”

After failing to perform a field sobriety test, Gshinsky was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and transported to the Canonsburg Police Department for a breath test, according to a police report.

That breath test indicated that Gshinsky had a blood-alcohol content of .213 percent—well over the legal limit.


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