Drunk Man Killed Friend Who Offered Ride: Police

Fred Earl Abbott, of Sharpsville, faces a preliminary hearing July 11 on charges of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault and public drunkenness. Getty Images

A western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges that he was drunk and killed his friend during a fight after the other man offered the suspect a ride home from a social club.

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Online court records don't list an attorney for 36-year-old Fred Earl Abbott, of Sharpsville, who faces a preliminary hearing July 11 on charges of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault and public drunkenness.

Sharpsville police tell The (Sharon) Herald that Abbott drank about a dozen beers on Friday before driving himself to the local American Legion where he had three or four more beers before the bartender shut him off hat night.

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Police say several people offered to drive Abbott home, including 50-year-old Charles Frederick, who recently had heart surgery.

Instead, police say Abbott kneed Frederick in the abdomen, which led to his death.