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Brother of Westmoreland DA to serve 1-5 years for latest DUI


Feb 05, 2011 (Tribune-Review – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) —
The brother of Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck on Friday was ordered to serve at least one year in jail for his fourth drunken-driving arrest in the past 10 years.

David Peck, 60, of Lower Burrell was sentenced to serve a maximum of five years behind bars, the mandatory term for multiple drunken-driving offenses.

Peck was arrested March 4 by Arnold police after witnesses spotted him weaving on roadways and sideswiping at least one parked car. A motorist followed Peck and alerted police as she drove behind Peck through Arnold and New Kensington.

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Police said Peck’s car eventually hit the vehicle whose driver had been monitoring his driving. Peck was arrested as he pulled into the driveway of his Lower Burrell home.

According to court records, Peck’s speech was slurred, and he failed field sobriety tests. His blood-alcohol level was found to be 0.215 percent, which is more than twice the limit at which a motorist in Pennsylvania is considered to be intoxicated.

Deputy Attorney General Todd Goodwin said Peck’s latest arrest was the fourth time in the past decade he has been charged with drunken driving. Court records indicated that Peck had convictions in 2001, when he served a week in jail, and again in 2006, when he was sentenced to serve two months on house arrest.

The attorney general’s office prosecuted the case because of the conflict of interest associated with Peck’s brother heading the district attorney’s office, which typically handles drunken-driving cases in the county.

District Attorney Peck did not appear in the courtroom during yesterday’s brief sentencing hearing.

David Peck pleaded guilty in November to drunken driving and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock system, which prevents a motorist from starting a car’s engine if it detects alcohol consumed by the driver.

Police said Peck had been ordered to operate his car with such a system installed.

In court yesterday, Judge John Blahovec ordered Peck to begin serving his jail sentence on Feb. 25. Peck was banned from driving while he waits to begin his term.

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