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August 12, 2013

Police: DUI suspect rammed cruiser

WINDBER — A Windber man will appear in Somerset County Court charged in connection with an alcohol-related crash in Paint Township on July 10.

Peter Scott Bosak, 38, of the 500 block of Babcock Park Drive, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday before District Judge Joseph Cannoni of Windber.

In a criminal complaint, township police said Bosak was driving along Sugar Maple Street around 8:30 p.m. when he allegedly forced another driver off the roadway, causing that vehicle to strike several mailboxes and end up in a ditch.

Police said they found Bosak driving a white Suzuki Vitara along a dirt road and he intentionally slammed into the front of the Paint police cruiser.

The officer got out of his car, drew his weapon and ordered Bosak to stop his vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

That’s when Bosak “put his vehicle into reverse, then back into drive again, slamming his vehicle into mine and then kept his foot on the accelerator,” the officer said in the court document.

The officer then reached through the passenger side window, grabbed Bosak with one hand and snatched the keys from the ignition with the other hand.

Police said Bosak was so intoxicated he was unable to stand on his own.

He was taken to Windber Medical Center, where a blood test showed an alcohol level of 0.3451 percent, which is more than four times the legal limit of 0.08.

Bosak was charged with aggravated assault, fleeing police, recklessly endangering another person, DUI, public drunkenness, resisting arrest, driving without insurance and reckless driving.

He is being represented by Somerset County Public Defender Steven Miller.

Bosak remains free on bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is police reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

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