Claysville man arrested twice in less than 24 hours

August 4, 2014
Robert Dowling

A Claysville man arrested Thursday night by Donegal Township police on charges he assaulted his wife at their home found himself back behind bars less than 24 hours later after he allegedly used his work truck to shove her car while she was inside it.

Robert A. Dowling, 46, of 103 Wayne St., was arrested about 10:20 p.m. Thursday on charges of simple assault, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was accused of shoving his 47-year-old wife, Dawn Dowling, against a counter in the kitchen of their home. He was released from Washington County jail after posting $10,000 bond.

Township police were called back to the home about 2:30 p.m. Friday for a report that he used his truck to push the car driven by his wife onto North Alley. When police arrived, Dowling was seen leaving the area. His wife was standing along the side of the road, yelling and pointing at him.

Police said the Monte Carlo that Dawn Dowling reportedly had been driving was sideways in the alley. Tire marks on the road indicated the car had been moved sideways.

Robert Dowling was stopped by police a short distance away from the home. He allegedly told police it was his car and he could do what he wanted with it.

Dawn Dowling and her 14-year-old son told police she was arguing with her husband, and when she told Robert Dowling she called police, he wanted to leave the residence before officers arrived, but his truck was blocked in by her car.

She told police she was worried he would take her car, so she got inside and locked the doors. Her husband reportedly pounded on the windows, but she said she refused to open the doors. He then allegedly used his truck to shove the car about 14 feet into the alley.

Dowling was arraigned on the new charge of recklessly endangering another person Friday before District Judge Robert Redlinger, who also arraigned him on the assault-related charges. He was released from Washington County jail Monday after posting $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing on all charges is set for Aug. 14 before District Judge Ethan Ward.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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