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July 14, 2011

Amish teen faces drunk driving charge

NEW CASTLE — A teenage Amish buggy driver is facing consequence for driving under the influence of alcohol.

State police reported that the 16-year-old also was found to have alcoholic beverages in his buggy.

A juvenile petition has been filed against him.

Police said that the teen while driving a horse-drawn buggy committed a traffic violation and was almost hit by a car on Fayette-New Wilmington Road in Wilmington Township around 11:20 p.m. June 12.

A witness following the buggy saw it go off the road and into a nearby field, then back onto the road.

The witness continued following the buggy and stopped it at the intersection of Route 208 after watching it continuously weave from berm to berm.

The witness then made the young driver stay at that spot until troopers arrived.

State police confirmed that if an Amish person is convicted of a drunk driving charge, he or she would face the same penalties as anyone else, short of revoking a driver’s license. That includes completing an accelerated rehabilitative disposition class, if that is included in the sentencing.

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