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Johnstown woman’s third DUI leads to jail

February 12, 2019

A Johnstown woman will spend a minimum of three months in the Somerset County Jail for driving drunk and causing an accident that resulted in injuries, including her own.

Dawn Auman, 41, was sentenced Monday to three to 24 months in jail for driving under the influence, a third offense.

According to court documents, Auman was involved in a two-vehicle accident along Somerset Pike in Conemaugh Township on March 26, 2017.

A couple in the other vehicle told police that they were slowing down to turn onto Lost Valley Drive when Auman’s vehicle, which was traveling the other way, struck them. Auman was ejected from the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

She had a blood alcohol content of 0.244 percent, or more than three times the legal limit, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Auman apologized, telling the court, “I went to get some counseling.”

She has been afforded rehabilitative opportunities in the past, including Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, intermediate punishment and county parole, but continues to commit crimes, according to President Judge D. Gregory Geary.

“This time you caused an accident that injured another person,” he said.

Auman was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution and supervision, a $500 fine, $716.15 in restitution, $300 to the Catastrophic Loss Benefits Continuation Fund and $10 to emergency medical services.

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