Man gets probation in chase, crash

June 24, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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Dennis Prevost

A Washington County man who led Cranberry Township police on a drunken pursuit that ended in a crash more than two years ago was sentenced June 18 in Butler County Court.

Dennis A. Prevost, 47, of Avella, pleaded guilty March 4 to a felony count of fleeing and eluding police, a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and a summary count of driving without a license.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss all other charges, including a separate count of DUI and five traffic violations.

Judge Timothy McCune accepted the agreement and sentenced Prevost to 180 and 360 days in the Butler County Prison. The defendant was immediately paroled, but he must spend 180 days of his parole on house arrest with electronic monitoring.

McCune also sentenced him to 66 months of probation. Additionally, Prevost was fined $2,700 and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service.

Police said they were on patrol around 1:35 a.m. May 28, 2018, when they saw a sport utility with a faulty headlight while traveling on Route 19. But when police tried to make a traffic stop, the driver, later identified as Prevost, accelerated.

A high-speed pursuit ensued and continued on Route 19 into Jackson Township and Zelienople, police said, until Prevost crashed the vehicle. Police said they found nine open and empty cans of beer in the vehicle.

The defendant was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh with apparent injuries. Toxicology results later showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.164 percent, more than twice the state's 0.08 percent legal limit.

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