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Local News

June 30, 2013

Mercer County commissioner arrested by DUI patrol

MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County Commissioner Brian Beader was arrested early Saturday morning in Hermitage by state police conducting a roving DUI checkpoint.

Beader, 43, of 982 Lexington Street, Hermitage, is facing charges of drunken driving, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said they were conducting a roving sobriety checkpoint and stopped Beader’s 2010 Chevrolet Malibu at 1:40 a.m. at Buhl Farm Drive and Route 62 after he was seen driving erratically and appeared intoxicated.

He was taken into custody and taken to UPMC Horizon, Farrell, for a blood alcohol test. Those results will be available from the state police laboratory in Erie in about a week, police said.

Police said Saturday they believe Beader was on his way home after the Small Ships Revue in Sharon. He was released after the blood test and his wife picked him up, police said.

Calls to Beader’s home and cell phone were not returned.

Beader was the only arrest from the roving checkpoint, police said.

Beader is one of three county commissioners.

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