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Brentwood, West Mifflin Residents Arrested by Baldwin Police

The incidents occurred on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

DUI Arrest on Glass Run Road

A Baldwin Borough police officer stopped a vehicle on Glass Run Road at around 12:24 a.m. on Sunday for erratic driving, according to a police report.

The officer approached the vehicle and smelled alcohol coming from its driver—William Bertan, 33, of Radisson Road in Brentwood Borough—according to the report.

The officer also reported that Bertan admitted to recently drinking alcohol.

Bertan then failed a breath-analyzer test and some field-sobriety tests before being arrested and taken to the Baldwin police station, where he again failed a breath-analyzer test.

He was eventually released to a friend and is being charged with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

DUI Arrest on Mifflin Road

A Baldwin Borough police officer stopped a vehicle near the exit to Mifflin Road off of East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's Hays neighborhood at around 12:55 a.m. on Monday for speeding on East Carson in north Baldwin, according to a police report.

The officer approached the vehicle and smelled alcohol coming from its driver—Audrey Marie Wanca, 24, of Helena Street in West Mifflin Borough—according to the report.

The officer also reported that Wanca admitted to recently drinking alcohol.

Wanca then failed field-sobriety and breath-analyzer tests before being arrested and taken to the Baldwin police station, where she again failed a breath-analyzer test.

She was eventually released to a family member and is being charged with suspicion of DUI.

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jwill January 29, 2013 at 03:17 PM
So old man you think the Baldwin police should just let the drunk drivers who are speeding and driving erraticly go, and not pull them over. Yes lets let all idiots who drink and drive crazy go and see how many people they can kill. I bet if you had a friend or family member die or be crippled at the hands of a drunk driver you wouls think very differently. It seems most the of drivers pulled over are near the south side where all the bars are. Not all drunk drivers mind you. Maybe you were pulled over and are just bitter. You and our other poster who always trashes Baldwin police.
Danny January 29, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Well said "jwill" :) Great job Baldwin Police Dept!!
driver January 29, 2013 at 08:58 PM
old man, I can see why you and cc always think that the Baldwin police make a lot of dui arrests. Baldwin police make many arrests for other crimes also but they never seem to get mentioned in this site. I have to wonder why Mr. Healey only chooses to post the dui arrests?
Robert Edward Healy, III January 29, 2013 at 09:02 PM
driver, I report what the Baldwin police make available to reporters. If you know of incidents that aren't being covered, please email me at robert.healyiii@patch.com, and I'll look into them.
cc January 30, 2013 at 03:21 AM
That is all that the district justice does is cases for drunk drivers. Baldwin at their finest busting drunk drivers.
jwill January 30, 2013 at 04:05 AM
You don't dissappoint with you rediculous comments CC. Knew it was coming.
cc January 30, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Yes great job that baldwin does in busting dui's. They leave real police work to other boroughs and townships as they don't know how to do anything else but bust dui's and pull people over that has Parkinson's Disease and accuse them of being a drunk.
Danny January 30, 2013 at 03:02 PM
cc, you sound so disgruntled. Your comments are so ridiculous. I think the BPD does great work. If any driver is operating a motor vehicle and something does not appear to be right with a drivers behavior, they have every right to investigate. How would an officer know that a person has Parkinson's disease or any other medical condition just by watching a car drive by? I know that when you have Parkinson’s disease, it can cause your arms, hands, legs to shake, balance lost, and reaction time loss. I guess it depends on the severity of the disease, however a policeman would never know if you were driving under the influence or a medical condition. If you driving crazy and not obeying the traffic rules they have every right to stop and investigate.
cc January 30, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Well ask Baldwin Police why they arrested him for drunk driving and then still took him to court. All they know how to do is accuse everyone of drunk driving. Baldwin Police Force is a joke.
NE12Ukid February 04, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Sometimes people with Parkinson's drink. 'just sayin' If you know or love someone with Parkinson's be sure they have their driving abilities reevaluated on a regular basis. While not every person with Parkinson's has problems driving, the symptoms and treatments can make driving dangerous for you and others.
Danny February 04, 2013 at 03:09 PM
NE12Ukid, I agree with you. "cc", what would be a joke is for the BPD to waste their time dealing with uninformed people like you whom no matter what the outcome, still has a hatred for police in general. I am very happy with the Baldwin Police Dept. and all the improvements that have been made over the last couple of years. The crime rate in the borough is down and I am very grateful and feel much safer in the community. I feel they are on the right track. I can't say every single policeman is upstanding, I am sure there are good and bad, like in any profession. Most people experience law enforcement when they get in trouble. Remember getting in trouble at school or home when you were young??, doesn't matter what you did, you still got mad at the teacher or parent. Same thing happens when they get pulled over or caught committing a crime.
cc February 04, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Yes when you get pulled over for a light out and your hands shake, yes that makes cause for you to be drinking according to Baldwin Borough Police, Was given a field sobriety test and couldn't do, taken to the hospital and passed their blood test but still charged with DUI, Magistrate threw it out. Baldwin Police at their finest being idiots.
cc February 04, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Danny you are clueless as I don't have a hatred for police. Baldwin Borough police dept is a joke. Only reason the crime rate is down is Allegheny County took ownership of the apartment complex and it is under new ownership and they tossed out Section 8. BTW I have never had a ticket nor have I ever committed a crime. I also have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Danny February 05, 2013 at 03:14 PM
cc, maybe I should not have made a general statement about you having a hatred for police, however it just seems like that is all you ever talk about is what a joke BPD is and all they do is DUI arrests. That sounds like a pretty "CLUELESS" statement to me. You are not a police and don't know all of what they have to deal with on a daily basis, nor do I. Why do you say that BPD is a joke? What is it that you feel they are not doing? If you have had no trouble with the police, how come you know so much of what they are up to, etc? This I do not understand. Maybe you should run for the Mayor of Baldwin or something since you know so much about crime solving and how to oversee a borough. Getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon is really not hard to get. I know for a fact that they even issue to non U.S. Citizens who have permanent residency. I have one too, and a very simple process. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and I am not trying to argue with you "cc", but you have to admit, all you throw out is these statements and I just don't like to see the BPD getting put down or generalized as a whole. Like I said previously, I am sure there are some in law enforcement who feel they are above the law, however I would hope that would be dealt with by their supervisors.
Danny February 05, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I put this in another post as well, however if BPD is such a joke “cc” then how are they able to maintain their International Association (CALEA) accreditation for best practices and procedures? Not every PD has this accreditation. After reading about CALEA accreditation, I don’t think a PD that didn’t care would go through this process. I think that says a lot about a smaller communities PD. http://www.calea.org/content/law-enforcement-accreditation
NE12Ukid February 05, 2013 at 09:43 PM
cc doesn't live in Baldwin.
Danny February 05, 2013 at 10:01 PM
It was reported at the last Council Meeting, that the Baldwin Police (2012) answered 11,572 calls and took 9,991 reports. They made 635 arrests, and issued 1,321 traffic citations, and 59 parking tags. We can disagree about the effect that the BPD had for the reduction of crime in Borough, but what was also reported at the last Council Meeting was a 119% increase in clearances in Part 1 Crimes, ie Assault, Homicide, Robbery, Burglary, etc. Clearances can only be achieved for these crimes by arresting the individuals that committed them. Since regularly attending these council meetings and asking questions ,I have learned quite a bit.
Danny February 05, 2013 at 10:02 PM
I know for a fact that Baldwin Police Chief Scott contacted DA Zappala and working with the DA, Borough solicitor, and Judge David Cashman, the property was put in receivership. The police recommended to the Borough and they enacted an ordinance to change the traffic pattern allowing entry and exit from only two points on the complex so they all traffic could be captured on a camera system that the police department insisted be installed. The complex was also ordered by the court to hire off-duty Baldwin Officers to patrol the complex, in addition to the officers that normally patrol the complex. I know that the complex still employ’s Baldwin Officers : At Leland in 2012, Baldwin Officers investigated at Leland 19 Assaults, 6 Burglary’s, 36 Criminal Mischiefs, 121 Disturbances, 107 Domestics,36 harassments, 41 juvenile complaints, and 3 liquor law violations. In addition they issued 29 Criminal Trespass notices. I have done some of my own investigative work to hopefully give some facts, so “cc” sorry, but BPD is not just arresting for DUI’s and those numbers above do not look like a joke to me. All these facts and figures I listed above were found in the Patch, South Hills Record, and Council meetings, etc. and were public knowledge. If you feel there is a discrepancy in what I said above, verify them yourself or ask Bob to verify. I believe in giving credit/respect where it is due.
cc February 06, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Leland Point was shut down by Zappala because they didn't fix apartments that people were living in. They weren't shut down because of the crime in the neighborhood, even though it was a high crime area. http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_683615.html#axzz2K82ii0fg http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-south/da-baldwin-borough-apartments-face-nuisance-charge-249493/ http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/breaking/zappala-files-criminal-charge-against-baldwin-apartment-complex-249374/ "The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office filed the misdemeanor following a news conference on Friday, in which District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said the residents have been forced to live in substandard conditions, while Baldwin officers are repeatedly called to the property. The 1,076-unit complex has been the site of 190 arrests since August and has received 84 different county health department violations" Wasn't shut down because of crime but because of the place was nasty to live in.
cc February 06, 2013 at 02:30 PM
BTW, they hired Security for up in Leland Point and not just off duty Baldwin Police Officers. They paid them 8-9 an hour to walk around the complex and would have to call for backup since security wasn't allowed to carry guns.
Danny February 06, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Not sure about the security your speaking of, but I think the 190 arrests since August (that you stated in a previous post) is pretty significant.
cc February 07, 2013 at 01:31 AM
danny once again your an idiot and are clueless. I don't have a hatered of police, baldwin borough police are a joke as all they know how to do is bust dui's and not much of anything else. Thank goodness there are other police dept around that knows what police work is about. Whitehall, West Mifflin, Castle Shannon, Bethel Park, Baldwin Township. My neighbor who had the beginnings of Parkinson Disease was put though hell with him and the case was thrown out in front of the magistrate, because of Baldwin Borough Police. He should of only been given a ticket when he was pulled over as he made a mistake driving with a light out. When my nephew's home was robbed it took Baldwin Borough an hour to get there. They sat outside in the bitter cold till the police got there, any other police dept would of been there faster than an hour. I'm glad you got a permit to carry a concealed weapon, just think when you get busted in Baldwin for a DUI, you will have to give your permit up.
cc February 07, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Not only were those arrest carried out by Baldwin Police, they were also arrested by the County, Sheriff and State Police up in Leland Point. Many of the bust were done by Allegheny County Narcotics Units.
Danny February 07, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Well "cc", you just admitted above that BPD does more than DUI arrests. CASE CLOSED! "Not only were those arrest carried out by Baldwin Police"
264thcc February 08, 2013 at 04:35 PM
you people are ridiculous and are obviously sheltered from the real world with your gripes about what the baldwin police has to go through on a daily basis I was a soldier and ffought in afghanistan from 2009 -2010 I didnt go home to my family every night I didnt earn a 90 k yearly income for driving around an american neighborhood gettin arrests to try and meet my monthly quota I only used my weapon and authority when needed I did not flaunt tgem as power nor did I treat the local nationals with disrespect to them they have the badge and power and automatically think they should be respected it is earned not given because they have a badge as my respect was earned not jus because I had a uniform and an american flag over my shoulder and both baldwin and whitehall dont have very clean track records to begin with
Danny February 08, 2013 at 05:50 PM
@264thcc, sheltered from the real world you say? hardly. I have served 8 years in the military and travel around the world. Believe me, I know what it is like. I was a soldier too from 1986-1994. I sacrificed as well and respect all my military brothers/sisters who served. I understand that the pay was not great, however it is an all volunteer military and we were given all of what we needed to survive: food, clothing, shelter, medical, etc. We knew that going in. The patriotism and love of my country outweighed salary. Some of these "American neighborhoods" are just as dangerous as being overseas! Usually, you always had backup in the military with you at all times, very rarely you were alone on any missions. What about the officer who pulls over a car for speeding, etc and upon approach they are shot or having to chase a suspect alone, etc. They have a job to protect and serve and I give each and everyone of them credit who are dedicated to the rules and regulations of law enforcement. Of course there are cops who think they are above the law, have an entitlement attitude, etc. I saw that alot in the military as well, when a higher rank was given. Like in any profession, you will have good and bad.
Danny February 08, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Not all veteran's have clean track records either. I just think someone calling the BPD a joke is a pretty uneducated and ignorant statement to make and this is what started all these comments in the first place and I had to say something. I have had nothing but positive experiences with BPD and just wanted to show my appreciation for what they do. I know some pretty outstanding officers who spend many hours away from their families at night, weekends, etc. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and I am just giving you mine. We can agree to disagree, have a nice day :)
264thcc February 08, 2013 at 07:20 PM
well you should know first hand then they also signed up for the job pal and they know the risks andto compare baldwin to an overseas war zone is jus outragous come on now n ya I knew the risk I was getting into and what the officers of baldwin arent over provided on what they need ? and Im aware no one is perfect believe me and I never called them a joke either my point wad jus simply because u wear a badge does not mean automatic respect and I spent 15 months away from my family not hrs and I could bet my paycheck the officers baldwin dnt get into sustained firefights nor dodge ieds daily am I jus curious what your mos was
Danny February 08, 2013 at 07:40 PM
I never compared BPD to an overseas war zone!!!! I said "some American neighborhoods" and was not specific. Go out to LA and spend sometime in some of their neighborhoods and tell me your not dodging bullets. I never once compared Baldwin. There is a certain individual on here always knocking the BPD says they are a joke. I sincerely apoligize to you for writing in such a way that it seemed like I was stating you called them that. I didn't mean that. I was referring to the comment you made about how all these posts are ridiculous. I was just trying to state my case as to why I thought I had to voice my opinion. I just don't think that is right to make a general statement about an entire police force. I believe that servicemen that go overseas should be paid much more. I am not disagreeing there, but we know that is just not going to happen.
NE12Ukid February 08, 2013 at 09:15 PM
thanks to all who serve, that includes our military and our local police officers. But to somehow try to compare the two jobs is nonsense IMO. Even military POLICE have a different job, different compensation, different work environment than civilian police, what sense does it make to try to compare them?

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