Thursday, September 16, 2010

Good Deed of the Day in PA

Round of applause to the unnamed PA tow truck driver who followed this football player after the player was involved in a hit-and-run with a pedestrian. Here's the story from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The University of Pittsburgh yesterday suspended a football player who is accused of driving drunk, striking a pedestrian in the South Side and leaving the scene.

Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt said Jason Anthony Douglas, 19, a redshirt freshman from Opa-locka, Fla., is suspended indefinitely from team activities. Douglas, who faces a preliminary court hearing Thursday, could not be reached for comment, and it wasn't clear whether he had an attorney. Pitt officials declined further comment.

Pittsburgh police charged Douglas with causing an accident resulting in serious injury, aggravated assault, drunken-driving and underage drinking in the incident just before 2 a.m. Sunday at East Carson and 22nd streets.

Police said Douglas stumbled from his car and nearly fell when officers confronted him.

"Hey, I play for Pitt football. ... Please don't arrest me," Douglas told officers, according to a criminal complaint.

A third-string tailback and kick returner for the Panthers, Douglas was released on $500 bond.

According to a criminal complaint:

A witness told officers performing DUI checkpoints that he saw a silver Pontiac sedan with a missing driver's-side headlight heading inbound on East Carson after striking a man later identified as Christopher Paul, no age available.

Paul was hospitalized in UPMC Mercy, Uptown, with head injuries. His condition was not available yesterday. His relatives declined comment.

A tow truck driver with McGann and Chester caught up with the sedan near 18th Street and followed it until the driver parked on Sarah Street, where arriving police officers ordered the driver out of the car.

Police said the driver, identified as Douglas, smelled strongly of alcohol, and officers had to help him stand.

A man who declined to be identified said that he witnessed the arrest and that Douglas fell repeatedly and appeared highly intoxicated.

Police said a breath test registered his blood alcohol content at 0.178 percent, more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania for a driver older than 21.

Douglas rushed for eight yards and averaged 17 yards on three kickoff returns this season.

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