Washington Metropolis Councilman Matthew Staniszewski will likely be launched from jail to enter a rehabilitation facility practically two months after state police mentioned he was intoxicated when he crashed his SUV on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County.
President Choose John DiSalle agreed Monday to permit Staniszewski to go away the Washington County jail the place he’s been held because the day after the Feb. 16 crash with a purpose to endure a 30-day inpatient therapy program.
“Are you able to dive into this, Mr. Staniszewski?” DiSalle mentioned.
“Sure, sir,” Staniszewski responded whereas attending the listening to by video conferencing on the jail. “I remorse the choices I’ve made. Restoration is a really troublesome journey at instances.”
The listening to Monday was to resentence Staniszewski for violating the phrases of his probation from a earlier drunken driving conviction in Washington in August 2019.
Staniszewski, 44, was serving six months probation and was simply eight days away from finishing it when he was arrested by state police after hitting the concrete median barrier whereas touring east on the turnpike close to Bedford. Staniszewski’s blood-alcohol stage registered .267% – greater than thrice the authorized restrict to function a motorized vehicle within the state – on the time of the crash when the arresting trooper discovered his disabled SUV partially blocking the freeway’s left lane about 7:45 p.m., in keeping with the costs filed March 11. Staniszewski admitted to consuming wine earlier within the morning, in keeping with courtroom paperwork.
The day after the crash, Staniszewski’s parole officers have been notified of the arrest and went to his father’s house to select him up on the probation violation. He was discovered to be intoxicated with an empty bottle of whiskey, probation officer Anson Zacour testified Monday.
Staniszewski has been jailed for 55 days whereas on the bench warrant for the probation violation. His legal professional, Sean Logue, mentioned Staniszewski was authorized final week for a 30-day inpatient therapy program at Restoration Facilities of America’s facility in Monroeville.
“They’re able to go now,” Logue mentioned.
Michael Ogden, the rehab middle’s chief government officer, testified by phone that the 138-bed facility would instantly have house out there for Staniszewski, and promised an “ongoing course of” of outpatient therapy afterward.
However an analysis by the Washington County Drug and Alcohol Fee advised Staniszewski ought to enter long-term inpatient therapy for his substance abuse dysfunction. Assistant District Legal professional Cassidy Gerstner mentioned she was involved about Staniszewski’s historical past through which he had 4 earlier DUI arrests.
“Is he prepared to actually undergo that therapy and reside a clear and sober life?” Gerstner mentioned. “We’ve already been right here earlier than.”
Staniszewski spent lower than 30 days in a therapy program in Donegal, Westmoreland County, following his earlier DUI arrest on Aug. 26, 2019, through which he was discovered unconscious in his parked automotive that was partially blocking East Wheeling Avenue in Washington.
DiSalle inspired Staniszewski to rehabilitate himself and stay sober for the remainder of his life, a course of the decide acknowledged can be troublesome. Staniszewski mentioned he had durations of sobriety after his 2019 arrest, however the COVID-19 pandemic “created obstacles” for him to attend packages and keep linked with different individuals battling dependancy.
“I’m begging for the mercy of the courtroom,” Staniszewski mentioned.
“Crucial factor is you give up to it … and are trustworthy with your self,” DiSalle mentioned.
“I settle for and assume full accountability, your honor,” Staniszewski responded.
DiSalle resentenced Staniszewski to three to six months in jail, though he will likely be permitted to right away attend rehab on the Monroeville facility as soon as the decide’s order is filed, which is anticipated to occur this week. Staniszewski may even should put on an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet that can notify his probation officers if he’s intoxicated.
“You’re going to get out of it what you place into it,” DiSalle mentioned.
Staniszewski continues to be going through drunken driving fees within the Bedford County crash, though a preliminary listening to date has not been set.