Regatta Organizer Charged With Public Drunkenness, Drunk Driving in Ross

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for December 18th. 

Ashley Funyak
November 08, 2019 - 3:31 pm
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

Jamie Oravitz



PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The President of Lionheart Event Group, the company responsible for the EQT Three Rivers Regatta, was charged on Tuesday for public drunkenness and driving under the influence.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Ross Township Police were called to a shopping plaza on McKnight Road in Ross on October 2nd after 44-year-old Derek Weber was seen urinating in a parking lot.

According to the criminal complaint, Weber failed a field sobriety test and an empty bottle of liquor was found under the driver’s seat. 

The criminal docket states that Weber was charged with open lewdness, public drunkenness, careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.  

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for December 18th. 

The Regatta was cancelled at the end of July after the Regatta Board of Directors claimed that LionHeart Event Group failed to secure insurance and could not provide safety assurances for the event. 

The Allegheny County Sheriff's Office announced in August that it was suing Regatta organizers, allegeding that the company owes nearly $33,000 for last year's EQT Flashes of Freedom Celebrate America July 4th fireworks display and the EQT Three Rivers Regatta.

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