Berne city councilman hits tree, charged with DUI

August 1, 2018

A Berne city councilman arrested on drunken-driving charges over the weekend had nearly twice the blood-alcohol level allowed by law, court records say.

Mark W. Wynn, 48, crashed his green 1967 Pontiac Le Mans into a tree on Hendricks Street about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Adams County Superior Court.

Witnesses told police they saw Wynn driving left of center before the crash.

An initial portable breath test registered a 0.173 percent blood-alcohol level, but a later blood draw at 9:41 p.m. measured Wynn’s blood-alcohol level at 0.154 percent, nearly twice the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Wynn was taken to the Adams County Jail and released about 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a jail spokesman. He paid 3,000 surety bond, officials said.

Wynn was charged with two misdemeanor counts : operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent or more. Eleven witnesses were listed on the affidavit.

Wynn has been Berne’s District 3 city councilman since 2007 and is Adams County building inspector, planning and zoning director and flood plain administrator.


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