Waynesburg man sentenced for DUI

February 24, 2014

WAYNESBURG – Larry Lee Black, 51, of 68 W. Lincoln St., Waynesburg, was sentenced in Greene County Court Monday to 90 days to six months in jail by Judge Farley Toothman for driving under the influence of alcohol and four summary traffic violations, including driving on a DUI-suspended license.

When asked in court when he last held a valid driver’s license, Black responded, “probably 1998.” He said most of his trouble involved, “DUI’s, public drunkenness and fighting with my wife.”

In December, a Greene County jury found Black not guilty of related charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and resisting arrest.

On Feb. 6, 2013, state police Trooper William Dowlin responded to a domestic dispute between Black and his now ex-wife, Terry Black, at 106 Alicia Road, Apt. 3, Greensboro.

Dowlin began to search for Black when he learned he had left the residence. He saw Black driving a Jeep on Route 88 in Monongahela Township. Black failed to stop and continued to travel approximately 1 ½ miles toward Mapletown Road. Dowlin said Black’s Jeep swerved multiple times and entered the opposing lane of traffic during the pursuit.

When the vehicle eventually came to a stop, Black failed to get out and had to be physically removed, according to a criminal complaint.

Black’s blood-alcohol content was 0.300 percent. This was Black’s fourth DUI conviction since 2000.

Black was ordered to pay $2,050 in fines and costs and to perform 125 hours of community service. Toothman granted Black’s request to serve his sentence on weekends so he could continue to work as an automotive detailer. He was given credit for 19 days he served as an inpatient at a drug and alcohol treatment program operated by the Veterans’ Administration.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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