Man guilty of assault while DUI, other cases

His three passengers were injured in accident

November 18, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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Marcos Baldeo

A Cranberry Township man pleaded guilty Nov. 9 to driving drunk and injuring three passengers in his car during an accident in 2018.

Under the plea deal, Marcos Isaac Baldeo is facing six to 18 months in jail, followed by one year of house arrest for aggravated assault while driving under the influence, a felony in the third degree.

Baldeo was charged June 14, 2018, after he crashed his vehicle on Autumn Hill Drive, according to police, trapping one person in the vehicle. One passenger was treated for minor injuries while two others were treated for more severe injuries at trauma hospitals, according to a police complaint.

Baldeo also pleaded guilty to various charges in three other cases.

Baldeo will be sentenced Dec. 10 and begin his jail sentence then.

In the aggravated assault case, officers determined Baldeo was driving east on Autumn Hill Drive at high speed when he lost control on a curve. The vehicle turned sideways, left the road and entered the front yards of two residences before striking a mailbox, a communication box and a tree, according to police.

The complaint states Baldeo had a blood-alcohol level of 0.139 percent. A blood test also showed marijuana in his system.

He was initially charged with felony aggravated assault by a vehicle while DUI, misdemeanor DUI by combination of alcohol and drugs, and traffic citations for driving at unsafe speeds and careless driving causing serious bodily injury.

In Baldeo's other cases, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence for a 2017 run in with a police officer. In another case, he pleaded guilty to illegal racing, a summary offense, on May 28, 2018, and in the third case he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest on June 23, 2018.

In all of these cases, he faces a combination of fines and government supervision as set by the court. Judge William Shaffer, who accepted the plea deals Monday, will decide on those measures Dec. 10 when Baldeo is scheduled for sentencing.

In the oldest case against Baldeo, police encountered Baldeo on Aug. 8, 2017, slumped at the wheel of a vehicle in the turning lane on Freedom Road and Route 19. The officer woke Baldeo up and he sped off, chased by police. Police said Baldeo was under the influence and, on Monday, Baldeo pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. All other charges were dropped.

In the resisting arrest case, officers initiated a traffic stop on June 23, 2018, on a vehicle in which Baldeo was riding. According to court documents, officers allegedly found him in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and he was uncooperative with police during the traffic stop.

In the illegal racing case, a Zelienople police officer on May 28, 2018, observed a car that Baldeo was driving commit a traffic offense. When police tried to stop him, he allegedly kept evading them.

In that case, Baldeo led Zelienople police on a pursuit that reached speeds of about 96 mph. After stopping, Baldeo resisted when police attempted to remove him from the vehicle, documents state, and only exited the car after police threatened to Taser him and township police arrived to assist. A subsequent pat-down search turned up a spring-assisted pocket knife, according to court documents.

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