Berne councilman faces drunken driving charges

July 31, 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, Berne’s District 3 city councilman since 2007 and the Adams County building inspector, planning and zoning director and flood plain administrator, crashed his green 1967 Pontiac Le Mans into a tree on Hendricks Street around 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 at the intersection of Hendricks and Van Buren streets 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.

Wynn was taken to the Adams County Jail and released around 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 of 0.15 percent or more. Eleven witnesses were listed on the affidavit.


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