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.

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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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