Charges dropped against parole office...

Charges dropped against parole officer in DUI case

There are 20 comments on the InYork story from Nov 17, 2008, titled Charges dropped against parole officer in DUI case. In it, InYork reports that:

All charges have been dropped against a state parole officer accused of driving drunk in a three-vehicle crash in July that badly injured two people.

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edward buchanna

Girardville, PA

#1 Nov 17, 2008
Just another example of "those in law enforcement that are allowed to break the law and get away with it"....
Bill Dikant

Queensbury, NY

#2 Nov 17, 2008
Shows some level of Alcoholic beverage,Should have known better, now he Feels bad for causing injury.
He did assault people with a motor vehicle, O hell, we'll drop the Assault Charge, he didnt mean to do it,he made a mistake.Didnt mean to, But he knew something might happen but gave nada thought about that. Mistake, nah, D.W.I. is never a mistake.
O Well, S.O.S., D.D
Bill Dikant, Victim Advocate,
Castleton,N.Y. 12033
All In

Harrisburg, PA

#3 Nov 17, 2008
Goes to show you that if you work for the law you will not be punished for crimes.
Just a Girl

Tuscaloosa, AL

#4 Nov 17, 2008
All In wrote:
Goes to show you that if you work for the law you will not be punished for crimes.
Yes...he is part of the biggest gang possibly in the world. It's us and there is them. Change a couple words here and there and Bingo, everything is better. Everything just goes away.

Potomac, MD

#5 Nov 17, 2008
Legally, I understand Judge Kelley's ruling. Assault by vehicle while DUI cases are hard to prove. But it's frustrating that the charges were dropped b/c it's almost certain that alcohol played a role in this accident that resulted in serious injuries to the victims. I don't think Judge Kelley's ruling was motivated by the fact that this was a parole officer. Sounds like, given these facts, the charges would have been tossed, regardless of who the defendant was. And hey, even though he wasn't held criminally responsible, the victims can still go after him civilly.

Westminster, MD

#6 Nov 17, 2008
I hope the two women get a really good lawyer and take this guy to the cleaners. Finally a civil case worth going to court over.

Etters, PA

#7 Nov 17, 2008
Every tax paying citizen of this county should be outraged by this ruling. The government doesn't have many responsiblities but a very important one is keeping us safe from idiots like this man.

LET IT BE KNOW, IN YORK COUNTY YOU CAN drink, drive, cross the center line and almost kill someone and you will not be criminally responsible.

I'll bet we won't hear more than a peep from the citizens though. They are only outraged when someone want to improve their neighborhoods by doing something horrible like putting in a dog park.
Just a Girl

Tuscaloosa, AL

#8 Nov 17, 2008
Why wasn't he charged with reckless driving and, or, too fast for conditions? Doesn't sound like an investigating officer charged him with enough. Let me drive on the wrong side of the road and almost kill someone....

Scranton, PA

#9 Nov 17, 2008
This guy must have went to Det. Scott Hose for advice (York City Police detective that injured 2 people, and one was a child who had extensive injuries, all from driving drunk)

When will these deadbeat cops understand that the old "do as I say, not as I do" mentallity doesn't cut it anymore. Aren't these guys paid enough so that when they want to drink, socialize and "unwind", that they can pay for a cab?

Scranton, PA

#10 Nov 17, 2008
And yes, I do look at Parole officers as "officers of the law", same as the cop walking a beat. They should be held to the same standards as the rest of us AND their fellow law enforcement officers....

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Nov 17, 2008
Geez!!! Where is the justice for those two people who were seriously injured by the poor judgement of this guy??? Not conclusive evidence, give me a stinking break!!! My son, is serving out a 1 to 4 year sentence in one of Pa's worst state prisons, for his 3rd DUI, and no one was injured. No accident occurred. He was pulled over while driving and had a six pack of beer on the front seat. What he did was wrong for sure. I'm not making light of it by any means. But 4 years for a DUI where there wasn't any accident, and this guy gets off scott free after causing substantial injuries to two innocent people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just how sick is our justice system??? It stinks, it really stinks. God Bless those victims.


#15 Nov 17, 2008
I know this guy can be held liable in a civil court. But where is the justice in a criminal court. This is a man who oversees people who have done what he did but didn't get a way with it. What type of standard can he hold these criminals to now. I'm sure if the DA read PA 75-3802A1 Dui
general Impairment he would see that there is no acohol level needed. This gentlemen admitted to drinking a pitcher of beer earlier, and we all no that probable means 2 atleast. This guy could not operate an automobile safely yet he decided to get behind the wheel. I hope the DA dosen't drop the ball on this one. This guy needs to be recharged.
SP in da buildin

Harrisburg, PA

#16 Nov 17, 2008
That P.O. would have put one of his parolees back in the state pen for changing an address without approval, but he gets away with seriously injuring two law-abiding citizens. Man, I'll tell ya, what a joke. Just like a cop running a red light when not on a emergency call, just so because he doesn't feel like waiting. I thought traffic light were placed for the "safe' flow of traffic.
Cannot believe this

Camp Hill, PA

#18 Nov 18, 2008
Ted, you are right. It WILL happen again; he was not foreced to learn his lesson like the rest of us. Next time, someone may loose their life. Not that ruining these poor peoples lives wasn't enough. With this guys kind of luck, it will be the innocent party again to take the brunt of his actions. I pray the DA does the right thing and file chages again.
Just took Notice

Camp Hill, PA

#19 Nov 18, 2008
Did anyone else notice that some posts have been removed? One I remember specifically was short and to the point. It stated, "this guy and the judge must be drinking buddies. What a dope." Now tell me why that post was removed? There are a few more that were removed that I can recall, but they were longer. Appears there is even fishy stuff going on witht his message board. If anyone can tell me what was wrong the above mentioned post that was removed, I'd appreciate it. Sounds like more politics at play if you ask me.
More to the Story

Towanda, PA

#20 Nov 18, 2008
There's more to the story. But we'll never hear it.

Camp Hill, PA

#21 Nov 18, 2008
Isn't it funny how every comment on this board is not in favor of this hopefully ex-state parole officer, but there are several clueless judges on the above comments. Looks like the family is trying to save some face. Were on to you. You can stop! What he got away with is a serious injustice to the community. Start thinking about the poor families that he has hurt.


Since: Aug 08

Harrisburg, PA

#22 Nov 18, 2008
I can' wait until I become a P.O. that way I can drive drunk and get away with it! I already know what I would say to the officer "Don't worry, I'm a good drunk driver".
Local Worker

Shelbyville, IN

#23 Nov 20, 2008
I know all parties involved, and I think it is an EXTREME injustice! My thoughts of the PO as a man (or person) has been dashed. He knows he has done something wrong (or should I say, he was finally caught for doing something wrong.) At the accident, he was out walking around while others were pinned in their cars bleeding and in pain. And THEN he lied saying someone else was driving his vehicle!! I can't see how he sleeps at night! I wish everyone a quick recovery and that they sue him for everything he has, since he got his job back and I'm sure back pay for his "vacation".
Media Coverage Needed

Camp Hill, PA

#24 Nov 20, 2008
I think it's time for the media to get involved. All who agree this is serious injustice, it's time to call and write the newspapers and news stations until this story gets back on the radar. This cannot just end or these dead beat officers will continue to spread like wildfire. I sure don't feel safe with guys like this on the street. Lets take a stand and make our communithy safe again.

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