Man who caused fire will stand trial
A Mt. Washington man accused of driving with a suspended license when he crashed into a BP Gas station will stand trial on charges of making false reports to police and driving with a suspended license.
Paul Malloy, 54, of Mt. Washington appeared before Mt. Lebanon District Justice Geoffrey Wright on Thursday.
Malloy, who had been convicted of driving while under the influence, was driving alone when he steered his smoking truck into the parking lot of the BP Express at Washington Road and Gilkeson Road in Mt. Lebanon, bounced the vehicle off a guard rail and ignited a blaze that quickly spread to the building, police said.
He then called his wife, Joyce, to the scene, and she told police several times that she had been driving the truck. Police confronted her with statements from witnesses who said they’d seen Paul Malloy behind the wheel. The couple admitted that Paul Malloy had been driving, police said.
Joyce Malloy was charged with giving a false report to police and allowing a person with a suspended license to drive. She pleaded guilty to the latter charge, while the charge of filing a false report was withdrawn. She was fined $400.
Paul Malloy’s next court date is Nov. 10 in Allegheny County Court.
The BP gas station is still undergoing renovations, but the pumps are open. The convenience store is expected to reopen by mid-October, according to a BP corporate spokesman.