Intoxicated Oil City Man Deliberately Crashes into Parked Car, Faces DUI and Drug Charges

| August 8, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man is facing felony drug charges, as well as DUI and related charges, following an incident in Oil City last month where he allegedly crashed his vehicle in an apparent suicide attempt.

According to court documents, on Friday, August 3, the Franklin Police Department filed criminal charges against 39-year-old Scott Michael O’Neil, of Oil City.

He was arraigned at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, August 3, in Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Mischief-Damage Property, Felony 3
– DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 1 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 2 or 3 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– DUI: Controlled Substance-Impaired Ability – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Adult/Muti/Dest Label, Misdemeanor (two counts)
– Possession Of Marijuana, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (two counts)
– Reckless Driving, Summary

According to a criminal complaint, around 1:00 a.m. on Friday, July 20, Ptlm. Barnes was dispatched to the 700 black of Liberty Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident.

At the scene, Ptlm. Barnes, Lt. Gindhart, and Ofc. McConnel located a blue Chevrolet Uplander that had struck the rear of a black Dodge Ram. A man suspected of being the driver of the Chevrolet, later identified as Scott Michael O’Neil, was laying on the ground behind the vehicles.

According to the complaint, O’Neil appeared to have suffered injuries to his abdominal area, but displayed no signs of head injury, nor did he complain of head or neck pain when asked, but he did display multiple signs of impairment which could be attributed to the consumption of alcohol and/or controlled substances.

The complaint notes that during questioning, O’Neil denied consuming any alcohol, but when asked if he had been using illegal drugs or taking medication prior to the accident, he responded “I don’t know.”

The complaint also notes that during an inventory search of the vehicle in preparation for towing, officers observed, in plain view, multiple items believed to be linked to drug act violations, including pull bottles, rolling papers, and locked containers.

A search warrant was requested and granted for a legal blood draw from O’Neil for the purpose of chemical testing. According to the complaint, the results of the testing found that O’Neil was under the influence of both Amphetamine and Methamphetamine at the time of the accident.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of multiple pieces of evidence including a digital scale with powdered residue, a large number of small ziplock bags, two unmarked medication bottles filled with prescription only medication, and two containers holding Suboxone, as well as a marijuana smoking pipe and a small amount of marijuana.

According to the complaint, during an interview, O’Neil admitted to not having a prescription for the medications found in his vehicle and claimed to have obtained the medication for the purpose of killing himself. During questioning related to the motor vehicle accident, O’Neil stated that he changed his plan on how to kill himself and chose to deliberately drive his mini-van into the parked vehicle.

The complaint also notes that O’Neil’s actions caused over $13,000.00 in damage to the victim’s pickup truck.

Unable to post $10,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Jail

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on August 15 with Judge Kirtland presiding.

Court documents also indicate that O’Neil is facing a July 29 drug possession charge and charges related to a July 24 theft by deception case.

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