Pa. trucker is fined $250 after one conviction is voided

November 26, 1997

A Carroll County judge set aside a guilty verdict yesterday for a Pennsylvania trucker convicted of alcohol-related driving charges and other traffic violations, fined the man $250 for a lesser charge and ordered no probation.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. said he agreed with a mental health investigator's pre-sentence report that Robert J. Weyant, 53, of Tyrone, Pa., "is not an alcoholic."

Prosecutors said Weyant's rig was chased by Howard County police on Interstate 70 into Carroll County, where it was stopped June 26. Officers said they witnessed 16 unsafe lane changes during the pursuit.

Weyant's blood-alcohol level was 0.08 percent, the state's minimum for driving while intoxicated.

Weyant pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence but agreed not to dispute the facts. Burns found him guilty of driving under the influence and unsafe lane change before setting aside the verdict.

Fire

Mount Airy: Firefighters assisted Frederick County at 6: 43 a.m. Monday, responding to a bus fire on Sidney Road. Units were out 34 minutes.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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