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ROAD RAGE UPDATE: Victims Did Not Want to Participate in Prosecution

The district attorney's office requested that the charges be withdrawn.

The withdrawal of several charges against a woman whom police say assaulted three people in a November road rage incident in Baldwin Township has raised some eyebrows.

While it is typical for district magistrates to grant the withdrawal of charges based on a lack of evidence, it also often occurs that the victims and/or witnesses of crimes do not wish to participate in the accused's prosecution.

Such was the case of Amanda Marie Petrelli, whom a Baldwin Township police officer drew his gun at on Nov. 13 after a traffic accident involving the Dormont Borough woman escalated into violence.

According to Baldwin Township police Chief Terrence P. O'Brien, Petrelli, 29, of Tennessee Avenue, punched two other women in the face and ran her vehicle into a male pedestrian after being involved in a vehicle collision that night at the intersection of Dewalt and Newport drives.

But on Tuesday, district Judge David J. Barton granted the withdrawal of all charges against Petrelli except for driving under the influence of alcohol, which she'll face in a formal arraignment at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Feb. 6.

Withdrawn were minor offenses related to marijuana possession, but also withdrawn were more serious offenses that involved the victims—aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

On Thursday, Judge Barton explained that a representative of the district attorney's office, who regularly appears at Barton's Caste Village courtroom on behalf of the state of Pennsylvania, requested that the charges be withdrawn.

"They (the district attorney's office) have the unfettered discretion to withdraw any charge," Barton said. "It's technically the district attorney moving to withdraw, and the court grants the motion."

Barton also said that, even if he objects, the district attorney's office might still be able to withdraw.

So why the withdrawal of Petrelli's charges in particular?

Essentially, the victims did not wish to participate in the prosecution, Barton said.

"They said they weren't hurt and didn't want to go forward with the charges that related to them."

Read through other Baldwin Township police items here.

Ed Ewing December 20, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Thank you. Now all you fools who were disgracing Amanda and Judge Barton can choke in your words. Know what your talking about before you say it
Concerned Citizen December 20, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Ed, read the comments on the other post, no one disgraced her, she did it all by herself. Your comments, however, are certainly foolish. Read the other post tough guy.
John Q Public December 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Here's my question..If this happened if front of the cop, why do the victims need to be present? Any interview going towards the DA's office? Who was the representative present at the hearing?
Daniel B December 21, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Glad to see guilty people getting off so easy. Whats the reasoning for dropping the drug charges?
Concerned Citizen December 21, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I can't believe that this criminal can be so out of control that a police officer had to pull his gun on her (please remember that he felt that he needed to pull a weapon to control her, just think about that) yet walk on almost every charge. Even if the victims didn't want to press charges, wouldn't the officer on the scene have seen enough to go ahead with the charges? Why would the DA's office leave a slam dunk like this alone...? I don't get it. I guess if you know someone you can get away with a first degree felony (aggravated assault is a felony in this state, look it up) and the other charges. I mean, this was a felony...why aren't people outraged about this?
Melinda Reich December 21, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Well ED is is Amanda's first DUI? Nope and why should the charges be dropped maybe she will learn her lesson ..but then again I doubt it.
Jenny December 21, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Ahhhh I am dieing over these comments!
Not to hard to figure out December 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
You people are aware who Amanda's lawyer was right? ADAs often do "favors" for people with lawyers such as him. Not really to hard to figure out now is it?
John Q Public December 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM
so who was the lawyer then?

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