Will DUI Record Be Raised in Crash That Killed Fire Chief?

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013  |  Updated 10:10 AM EDT
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Can Past DUI Be Mentioned at Murder Trial?

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Prosecutors are seeking to raise previous DUI convictions in the trial of a central Pennsylvania man accused of driving under the influence when his car struck and killed a central Pennsylvania fire chief.

The York Daily Record/Sunday News reports York County senior prosecutor Jared Mellot informed the judge of his intention Tuesday in a hearing for 32-year-old Matthew Diehl of Shrewsbury.

This isn't the first time Diehl finds himself accused of driving under the influence. According to court records, Diehl pleaded guilty to DUI stemming from a 2005 arrest.

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Diehl is charged with third-degree murder and homicide by vehicle in the April 27 death of 45-year-old Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller, who was directing traffic on I-83 due to a previous accident.

Police allege that Diehl's blood-alcohol level was 0.118 percent at the time. Pennsylvania's legal limit is .08 percent. 

Defense attorney Suzanne Smith said she plans to challenge the evidence supporting the murder charge.

 


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