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Police charge Butler in June wreck

August 9, 2018 News Extra

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The accident occurred on Mitchell Hill Road on June 29, 2018.

SUMMIT TWP — A suspected drunken driver was nearly twice the state's legal limit for alcohol with a child in his pickup truck when state police say he crashed head-on with another pickup.

Police on Tuesday arrested Paul W. Butler Jr., 56, of Butler in connection with the June 29 wreck in Summit Township that left him in need of hospital treatment in Pittsburgh.

District Judge Lewis Stoughton arraigned him on charges of driving under the influence, child endangerment and three traffic violations. He was placed in the Butler County Prison on $10,000 bail.

For Butler, it was second alleged DUI crash in two months.

Butler Township police previously charged him with being more than double the legal limit in a hit-and-run wreck in May.

In the most recent case, state police said the defendant's Nissan Frontier crossed the center line on Mitchell Hill Road about 10:20 a.m. and struck a larger GMC truck traveling in the opposing lane.

The collision sent Butler's truck off the side of the road and, according to court documents, left him unconscious. A bystander was attempting basic first-aid when police got there.

Emergency crews said Butler and his passenger, a 16-year-old girl, and the other driver, a 17-year-old Parker boy, were taken with unknown injuries to Butler Memorial Hospital.

The defendant was later flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian hospital.

Police eventually obtained a search warrant for a blood draw at the hospital. Toxicology results showed Butler's blood-alcohol level was 0.157 percent.

In Pennsylvania, a level of 0.08 percent is considered intoxicated.

Read more about this case in Friday's Butler Eagle.

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