Pirates President Frank Coonelly Charged With DUI

According to Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly was charged with a DUI on December 22nd. Coonelly had a blood-alcohol content of .16, which is higher than the Pennsylvania legal limit of .08.

Pennsylvania has a tiered system for DUI charges. A blood-alcohol content of .16 or higher is the fourth of four tiers. A first time offense in that range draws a fine between $1000-$5000, 3 days to six months in prison, and a 12 month driver’s license suspension. The court can allow a restricted license after 60 days of the original suspension.

Coonelly was also charged with driving the wrong way, and careless driving. Per the article in the Trib, he will have a hearing on March 20th. Check the link above for quotes from Coonelly and Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting.

Author: Tim Williams

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