Police: Driver was 5 times over limit
Eagle Staff Writer
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November 4, 2017

ADAMS TWP — A Mars man was nearly five times the legal limit for alcohol when he crashed his pickup truck on Mars-Evans City Road last month, authorities said.

The suspect, Steven A. Dumencic Jr., 47, drove away after hitting a guardrail about 3:40 p.m. Oct. 8 and managed to make it home. But he apparently couldn’t make it inside.

Adams Township police a short time later found Dumencic sleeping on the concrete steps at his apartment building on Lincoln Avenue, according to court documents. Nearby was a metal flask filled with alcohol. Police also found his damaged truck parked at the main entrance.

Officers awakened Dumencic, who was bleeding over his right eye and had other cuts and scrapes. He told police that he was OK.

Dumencic smelled of alcohol, police said, and admitted to being out drinking. But he couldn’t remember being in a wreck, police said.

A Quality Ambulance crew was called to check Dumencic. While searching him, officers found suspected marijuana. Later, police found a set of brass knuckles in the truck’s glove box.

Police took Dumencic to UPMC Passavant Cranberry for a blood test, which subsequently showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.383 percent. A level of 0.08 percent is considered intoxicated under state law.

Police on Monday charged Dumencic with driving under the influence, possession of a prohibited offensive weapon, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, hit-and-run and careless driving.