Marion Heights fire victim now charged with DUI
MARION HEIGHTS - A borough man charged Saturday with being drunk and disorderly at a fire at his home faces additional charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, in connection with incidents that occurred two days earlier.
Michael F. Dallazia, 59, of 560 E. Melrose St., was arraigned Wednesday on misdemeanors of driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of driving under suspension (DUI related), unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving without a license, restrictions on alcoholic beverages and disorderly conduct relating to incidents that occurred Thursday, April 25, when he allegedly took a silver 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier belonging to Nancy Madden, of Natalie, who came to visit him.
Police said Dallazia took the car while Madden was sleeping at his residence.
Police later located Dallazia sitting in the front seat of the car in front of Marion Heights Fire Company in the 400 block of East Warsaw Street. Police said Mary Irving, 55, of Kulpmont, whom Dallazia reportedly had given a ride, was also inside the car. Police said they found two beer cans in the car.
Irving, who told police she got a ride from Kulpmont with Dallazia, was not charged.
Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell, who filed the charges against Dallazia, said a strong odor of alcohol was detected coming from Dallazia's mouth and he showed other signs of being intoxicated.
Dallazia, who refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test, allegedly used obscenities toward Campbell before being taken into custody.
He was recommitted to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury, where he has been incarcerated on charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness filed by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Stamets in connection with Dallazia's alleged unruly behavior at a fire early Saturday morning that damaged his home.
On Wednesday, Dallazia waived to court the charges filed by Stamets and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones of Mount Carmel to appear for plea court June 3 at Northumberland County Courthouse, where he can plead guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.