CLARION TWP., Pa. (EYT) – State Police say a Strattanville man faces charges for intentionally crashing into a service garage door at a local dealership in March.
According to court documents, 46 Michael S. Donahueof Strattanville, faces the following charges:
– Burglary – Not suitable for overnight accommodation, no one present, crime 2
– Driving under the influence of alcohol / controlled substance, crime
– Theft by unlawful possession of movable property, crime 3 (two counts)
– DUI / dangerous driving, misdemeanor
– Restrictions on alcoholic beverages, summary
– Reckless driving, summary
– Driving a vehicle without financial responsibility required, summary
– Reckless driving, summary
– License Port Fault Summary
According to a criminal complaint, PSP Clarion was dispatched Friday, March 11 at approximately 7:35 a.m. to East Main Street in Clarion Township for a car that rolled through the service bay door of a car dealership.
Upon arrival, a blue 2009 Toyota TC sedan was observed with damage consistent with driving through the closed service bay doors. The vehicle was observed with an inspection sticker 09/21. Additionally, Clarion Borough Police had the operator pulled over in the back of his vehicle when state police arrived, the complaint says.
The investigation identified the driver of the vehicle as being Michael Donahue. It was also discovered that inside the company, Donahue got into a parked truck and turned the ignition on. Shortly after, Donahue was found by an employee rummaging through the key fob located in an additional part of the business, according to the complaint.
Donahue then grabbed a set of keys for another vehicle in the parking lot and placed personal effects on the bedspread before placing a dealer license plate on the back of the vehicle, the complaint notes.
When searched, the license plate screws were found in Donahue’s pocket, and the truck keys were also found on his person by Clarion Borough Police, the complaint states.
Police asked Donahue what happened, and he explained that he intentionally walked through the door because his father told him. Donahue also added that his family owns the business. Donahue said he was supposed to get married at the dealership today and it would be televised live, the complaint states.
Donahue was then asked out of the back of the police cruiser to perform standardized field sobriety tests. He agreed, but when asked to perform tests, he said he couldn’t. Donahue had a disheveled appearance, slurred speech, but was also very talkative. He also had very tight pupils, the complaint states.
He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and committed to the Clarion County Jail on a prior warrant.
Donahue later admitted to police that he had used methamphetamine prior to the incident.
On March 14, the dealership told police the repairs would cost approximately $12,000.00. Upon investigation, it was also discovered that Donahue deliberately and intentionally walked through a secure gate at the Clarion County airport also in the early morning hours of March 11, indicating that he had driven from the airport to the dealership, the complaint states. .
On April 14, the NMS toxicology report was returned by the lab, which confirmed a positive finding of amphetamine and methamphetamine, the complaint states.
Clarion-based State Police filed charges against Donahue in the office of Magistrate District Judge Duane L. Quinn on Wednesday, April 27.
A preliminary hearing that was scheduled for May 24 has continued and will resume Tuesday, July 12 at 8:45 a.m. in Clarion County Central Court.
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