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Man going wrong way on Pa. turnpike found guilty of DUI

October 17, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Ohio man arrested last December when he was found going the wrong way on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was found guilty of driving under the influence during a jury trial Thursday in Franklin County Court.

The jury took less than 10 minutes to convict David Reiner, 46, of Youngstown, on that charge and of refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test, Assistant District Attorney Chris Schellhorn said.

Reiner was pulled over by a Pennsylvania State Police trooper at about 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, heading east in the westbound lanes of the turnpike, according to court records. He testified it was raining and, after stopping to get directions from a man in a maintenance vehicle, got confused and entered the road going to wrong direction.

Reiner testified he was uncooperative with police because he did not trust them, his mother having been killed years ago in an accident involving a state trooper. He stumbled getting out of his vehicle because of a back injury, he testified.

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Evidence at trial included video from the trooper's dashboard camera, Schellhorn said.

On cross-examination by Schellhorn, Reiner testified he refused to submit to a blood alcohol level test "because I'm afraid of needles, like a lot of people are."

Judge Richard Walsh scheduled Reiner's sentencing for Nov. 26.

A pre-sentence investigation will be required, Schellhorn said. Reiner was placed on probation in 2007 after being charged with driving under the influence in Cumberland County, Schellhorn said, but court officials must also verify an undetermined number of drunken-driving convictions from Ohio dating to 1983.

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