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Prosecutors seek to raise DUI record in fatal crash

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 18, 2013 8:26 AM
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(York) -- Prosecutors are seeking to raise previous DUI convictions in the trial of a central Pennsylvania man accused of driving under the influence when his car struck and killed a central Pennsylvania fire chief.

The York Daily Record says York County senior prosecutor Jared Mellot informed the judge of his intention Tuesday during a hearing for 32-year-old Matthew Diehl of Shrewsbury.

Diehl is charged with third-degree murder and homicide by vehicle in the April 27 death of 45-year-old Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller, who was directing traffic on I-83 due to a previous accident.

Police allege that Diehl's blood-alcohol level was 0.118 percent at the time. Pennsylvania's legal limit is .08 percent.

Defense attorney Suzanne Smith said she plans to challenge the evidence supporting the murder charge.

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