Drunken train passenger fined for emergency stop in Meyersdale

November 14, 2018

A “highly intoxicated, disorderly passenger” on Amtrak TR29, who was arrested by state troopers after an emergency stop in Meyersdale, had his misdemeanors reduced to a summary disorderly conduct offense before District Judge Ken Johnson of Somerset on Thursday during a preliminary hearing. The offense carries with it fines and costs. Jesus Quintanilla, 35, of Joliet, Illinois, became combative with several of his fellow passengers on the night of Oct. 23, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The Somerset County 911 Center was called after Quintanilla had to be restrained by members of the crew and other passengers. Police said he struck a man in the right eye causing bruising.

The incident caused the train to be delayed for about 90 minutes, according to the affidavit.

Quintanilla’s attorney, Michael Kuhn of Somerset, said Tuesday that his client could have had to pay restitution to Amtrak for causing the stop — a hefty $23 a minute — but that did not happen. The money would have been paid to the municipality where the train stopped, Kuhn said. His fine was around $300, he said. Quintanilla was “very, very sorry for his actions,” Kuhn said. Initially, Quintanilla was charged with disrupting, delaying or preventing the operation of a train, disorderly conduct and simple assault, misdemeanors, and a summary offense of public drunkenness.

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