Baldwin Borough police went to the Curry Commons shopping plaza in south Baldwin at around 10:33 p.m. on Saturday for a report of multiple fights and a driver suspected by police of being intoxicated leaving the plaza's parking lot with children.
According to a police report of the incident, multiple witnesses said that they saw Gregory M. Borneman, 31, of Chelton Avenue in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood, fighting with other men both before and after driving his car in and near the parking lot.
A police officer reported that, after arriving at the scene—near the Curry Road-Rosewood Drive intersection—he noticed that Borneman had bloodshot, glassy red eyes; slurred speech; and an odor of alcohol coming from him.
Borneman was not in his car when police arrived. Instead, another man was standing at the Rosewood intersection holding Borneman up by his arm.
At that point, Borneman's car, which contained his two children and a male driver, came upon the scene. The driver told police that he took Borneman's car and moved it to a safe location because Borneman was drunk while trying to drive away from the scene himself, according to the police report.
Another witness said that Borneman, after fighting with another man in the parking lot who was also attending the banquet, was able to get into his car and circle around the parking lot twice before coming to a stop at the Rosewood intersection.
Two men were able to pressure Borneman out of his car at that intersection, but Borneman then got into a fight with one of those men while the other got into the car and drove it and the children away from the scene.
Police report that Borneman refused field-sobriety tests before being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for a blood test. Borneman also refused to be subjected to a blood test at the hospital, police report, before then threatening an officer with violence.
A family member eventually picked up Borneman and his children and left the hospital with them. While traveling on Coal Valley Road toward Route 51, Borneman got out of his relative's vehicle and directed two middle fingers and an expletive at police, police reported.
In addition to the DUI charge, police are charging Borneman with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
The other men involved in the fights with Borneman are reporting injuries. The man involved in the fight in the parking lot is reporting a brush burn. The other man—from the fight near the Rosewood intersection—is reporting a broken right hand.
The cause for the parking lot fight is unknown.
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