New Kensington mom facing trial in fatal crash arrested again
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By Chuck Biedka
VALLEY NEWS DISPATCH
Thursday, July 7, 2011
A woman awaiting trial on charges of killing her son in an alcohol and drug-related crash has been charged with drunken driving again.
Brackenridge police charged Christa Lynn Logue, 39, of Pershing Drive, New Kensington with drunken driving and other charges following a traffic stop on July 1.
Logue remains out of jail in lieu of a unsecured bond following the Aug. 1, 2010, crash in which her son Joshua Gibson died.
In the latest case, Brackenridge police said Logue was pulled over just after 1:30 a.m. July 1 on Morgan Street.
According to a police affidavit, a patrolman saw Logue drive a silver Nissan through a stop sign. Logue then allegedly drove the car at 45 mph in a 25 mph zone and then slowed below the speed limit twice in a short distance. Police claim she also drifted back and forth in the lane and almost ran onto the sidewalk near the intersection of First Avenue and Cherry Street.
The officer said while walking up to the stopped car he saw Logue attempting to cover up a half-empty can of beer.
Police also allege Logue admitted to having consumed alcohol and depression medicine.
The affidavit claims that Logue failed three field sobriety tests before being arrested.
A blood-alcohol content test result wasn't available Wednesday.
She is charged with drunken driving, careless driving, not staying in her lane of traffic, driving through a stop sign, and having an open alcohol beverage in the car.
The charges were mailed to Logue on July 5. A preliminary hearing is scheduled next month.
Logue is to stand trial in Erie County for the alleged drunken-driving accident that killed her 14-year-old son on Interstate 79.
State police said Logue overcompensated when the 2006 Dodge Caravan that she was driving went off the left side of the road. The van left the road, hit an embankment and rolled. Police said the boy was thrown from the van.
Logue is charged in Erie County court with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, driving under the influence of a drug, and other charges. She had a blood alcohol content test result of 0.12 percent.
She was released in lieu of $50,000 unsecured bond so she could make funeral arrangements.
Logue's attorney is seeking to exclude evidence related to the case.
The suppression hearing is scheduled for Aug. 10 before Erie County Judge Michael E. Dunlavey.
Logue's case is otherwise scheduled to go to trial in November.
Neither defense attorney Michael Collins or assistant district attorney Michael Burns could comment Wednesday.