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Assault, Drugs Charges Dropped in Baldwin Twp. Road Rage Case

District Judge Barton withdrew most of the charges on Tuesday.

ROAD RAGE UPDATE: Victims Did Not Want to Participate in Prosecution

Amanda Marie Petrelli, whom Baldwin Township police say punched two other women in the face and ran her vehicle into a pedestrian in a November road-rage incident, will not face charges for those allegations, district Magistrate David J. Barton decided on Tuesday.

Barton withdrew Petrelli's charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, while her driving under the influence of alcohol charge was waived for Allegheny County Court, where she's scheduled to be formally arraigned on Feb. 6. (UPDATE: Petrelli will face her DUI charge at a pretrial conference at the county courthouse on March 1.)

According to Baldwin Township police Chief Terrence P. O'Brien, Petrelli, 29, of Tennessee Avenue in Dormont Borough, was involved in a traffic accident on Nov. 13 with another vehicle containing two other women at Baldwin's intersection of Dewalt and Newport drives.

A township resident who witnessed the accident from his porch on Newport—he is the same man who was eventually struck by Petrelli's vehicle—said that Petrelli punched the two other women while all three were standing outside of the two vehicles involved in the crash, O'Brien reported.

When police arrived, Petrelli had gotten back into her vehicle, and they observed the witness yelling at Petrelli to stop driving. At that point, O'Brien said, Petrelli drove straight into the witness, knocking him onto her vehicle's hood.

A Baldwin police officer then commanded Petrelli to stop, but she continued driving away until the officer drew his gun and pointed it at her.

O'Brien said that, when Petrelli exited her vehicle again, the officer smelled alcohol coming from her breath and observed her as having watery and bloodshot eyes. He also found marijuana her vehicle.

Read through other Baldwin Township police items here.

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Robert Edward Healy, III December 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Folks, please don't leave accusations here w/o proof. :)
Jon Wain December 19, 2012 at 05:53 PM
the proof comes out of your paper.whats the question bob
Robert Edward Healy, III December 19, 2012 at 05:57 PM
We can't assume, Jon, that there is nepotism here.
Jon Wain December 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
One can only imagine why a justice of the peace would repeal such outragous charges unless , ,,, he is hmmmmm what's the word i'm lookin for ?
Robert Edward Healy, III December 19, 2012 at 06:02 PM
As an fyi, I have requested to speak with Judge Barton.
Sasafras Jackson December 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM
"When the going gets tough, the tough go and get hammered and then run people over".....um.....NAY! said no one ever. "When the going gets tough, the tough go to chuch and pray for their sins or else worship Satan!" said Hacksaw Jim Dugan circa 1986 Think about it. Goid bless Baby Jesus!
FF19 December 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I am sure there is more to the story w/o the petrelli/barton family connection. I know Justice Barton follows proper protocol and holds people accountable for their actions. For example, if a kid screws up he often will not fine them as he knows the parents, not the kid, pay the fine. He makes offenders do a monitored community service and follows through on it. He will often check in on past offenders to make sure they are still heading down a path of not to become a repeat offenders.
Jon Wain December 19, 2012 at 06:40 PM
well mr. healy you can email me them facts. sas what ???
Robert Edward Healy, III December 19, 2012 at 06:42 PM
We'll post an update here, Jon. Check back.
Sasafras Jackson December 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Jon - my post was meant to provoke thought in would-be hooligans. These people have sense, they just need to be challenged to use. I issued that challenge above an dare them to compete with themselves. You bring up very valid points about family and such. I will be interested to see how this plays out. Justice will prevail in the jaws of solitude.
Really? December 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Really? My nephew was jumped at the high school by three other "students". This happened in the cafeteria a few years back. My nephew dared to fight back to protect hiimself. He was "arrested", suspended and had to appear before His Majesty Barton. All he did was defend himself against three thugs. His parents were fined over $350.00 and had to pay court costs of $100.00 approximately. I know there is no tolerance for fighting in the schools and I wholeheartedly agree with it. But when you have a kid defending himself or herself, how is this justified? The case involving the BWHS students who burglarized the South Hills Country Club over and over ... those charges were also dismissed and not one of them was punished for any part they played in it. I was told that one of their daddies was tight with either a magistrate or someone at the country club. You know, if you do not punish the people who actually deserve the punishment you will have more problems down the road. I'd like to know why the almighty magistrate dismissed these charges as well. Please share your findings with us all. And, when Barton comes up for re election ...... DO NOT VOTE FOR HIM. Simple as that. He doesn't deserve the job and pay.
Billee December 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
In my opinion as a parent... paying a fine for the child teaches them very little if anything at all. Community Service Restitution with probation is most meaningful and beneficial to the family unit as a whole and helps serve and protect the community. Hopefully thus limiting repeat offenders with rehabilitation for some... while others sad to say will learn the hard way if they learn at all. :( Holiday gift giving idea - please pray for at risk youth!
Watcher December 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM
District Magistrates are nothing but kangaroo courts. You definatey need to take A lawyer in with you to protect your rights. If there is some connection between him and the accused he should have removed himself, if not the district attorney needs to investigate it.
NE12Ukid December 20, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I agree that some form of community service is a better "punishment" for youth offenders than a fine that their parents have to pay. Although in some cases, I 'd rather see BOTH, because when you hit the parents in the pocketbook, they might start setting some limits on their kids and actually doing some parenting. I knew a magistrate in Mt Oliver who would come in on Saturdays and supervise kids who had to clean up streets and alleyways if they were brought in on skipping school type charges or other offenses. As to this case, seems every DUI is waived to Allegheny County courts, but yes, I too, would like to know why the other charges were all dropped. This woman evidently did a lot more than just drink and drive!
Jon Wain December 20, 2012 at 02:16 AM
You know after looking at this article again , I still don't agree with the outcome . But maybe , this women just out right got upset and went out of character.We don't know all the details and I'm sure the judge does.First thought was she got to be someone he knows ,like back in the day when things were taken care of. With a little fainess in thought she is probably a good person and got a second chance.I guess that's fair. Bob sorry for russling your feathers.
Not a Fan of These Magistrates December 20, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Were you aware that these magistrates are not lawyers. They do not have to have a law degree, which, to me, seems a little odd. I believe they either take a course and a test or just the test ... you know to see if they know how to spell their own names and where they might develop a big head if they haven't got one already. It is not like the court system downtown .... state court (court of common pleas, federal court) where you actually have to have some REAL education and a law degree to become a lawyer and/or a judge. It never ceases to amaze me just how many DUI and other charges are actually dropped by these clowns. I beg to differ. When you drink and drive, you are BREAKING the law and need to be punished. The old coot who drank and drove up in New Castle a few weeks back who got so drunk/high that he drove up over a sidewalk onto a yard and killed one little innocent kid and injured another innocent little kid ... he is out on bail. WHY? And the Dallas Cowboy player who got so drunk he wrecked his car killing his teammate/best friend. That jackass was actually on the sidelines of the game last Sunday. Why? These are killers. Makes one wonder why Barton dropped all those charges. Please let us know what you find out.
Robert Edward Healy, III December 20, 2012 at 05:31 PM
No sweat.
Robert Edward Healy, III December 20, 2012 at 05:32 PM
ROAD RAGE UPDATE: Victims Did Not Want to Participate in Prosecution (http://patch.com/A-03QV)
Robert Edward Healy, III February 18, 2013 at 03:35 AM
UPDATE: Petrelli will face her DUI charge at a pretrial conference at the county courthouse on March 1.

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