2010-06-03 / Local & State

Johnstown Doctor Headed To Trial On Eighth DUI

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A Johnstown anesthesiologist has been ordered to stand trial on drunken driving charges because police say he was passed out behind the wheel of his running vehicle has seven previous DUI convictions in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.

Fifty-five-year-old Dr. Ashok Padhiar was ordered Thursday to stand trial for his Oct. 29 arrest in Johnstown.

The doctor's attorney, Michael Filia, says police can't prove the doctor was driving.

But Cambria County Assistant District Attorney Mark Carbonara says the car was pulled off the street and contained two-and-a-half empty bottles of champagne cognac. The doctor's bloodalcohol content was three times the legal limit.

Records show the doctor has five DUI convictions in Ohio and one each in Michigan and Illinois between 1989 and 2002.

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