trooper matt sullivan arrested for dwi

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An old friend

AOL

#115 Feb 9, 2009
I didn't realize how many PERFECT people there are in this area. Give the guy a break. I'm not saying that what Matt has been accused of is right, but you guys are acting like judge and jury without getting any of the facts. You should try walking a mile in this mans shoes before you judge him. He might not be perfect either but he has taken alot of drug dealers and other repeat offenders of the street. He also served as president and as an EMT in one of the local fire departments. He is a good man and so was his father. Are the people that are bashing Matt the same ones that he arrested or just a group of people that hide behind their computers to make accusations about someone they don't even know. Does it make you feel better about yourself knowing that someone elses life is in the toilet ? You all need to get a life. Get out and do something to better yourself and your community.
Scott from Barneveld

Hartford, CT

#116 Feb 10, 2009
To an Old Friend. Aren't you also hiding behind a computer? C'mon. So he did a few good deeds in his life. The facts about all the questionable thing are what erase the good things. Bottom line. This guys ego got the best of him. If any Trooper in the area had this coming, it was him. The only good thing about it is that nobody got hurt. For that, Sullivan is lucky. And it doesn't take a genius to see that the NYSP is covering some major parts of this story up. See the UticaOD online articl today. If the NYSP aren't covering, they are at least are not being 100% forthcoming. Hey, at least he didn't beat up someone outside the Moore Hotel again to the point where the victim needed reconstructive surgery.....hey, what did the NYSP do about that episode? Sullivan = Slug
An Observer

Albany, NY

#117 Feb 10, 2009
Scott from Barneveld wrote:
To an Old Friend. Aren't you also hiding behind a computer? C'mon. So he did a few good deeds in his life. The facts about all the questionable thing are what erase the good things. Bottom line. This guys ego got the best of him. If any Trooper in the area had this coming, it was him. The only good thing about it is that nobody got hurt. For that, Sullivan is lucky. And it doesn't take a genius to see that the NYSP is covering some major parts of this story up. See the UticaOD online articl today. If the NYSP aren't covering, they are at least are not being 100% forthcoming. Hey, at least he didn't beat up someone outside the Moore Hotel again to the point where the victim needed reconstructive surgery.....hey, what did the NYSP do about that episode? Sullivan = Slug
You must be the idiot that rightfully got his face bashed in.
A Former Friend of Matt

New York, NY

#118 Feb 11, 2009
So, Matt has had a drinking problem.......many people do. He's let his ego taint more than one relationship......many share this trait. He's abused his position and stretched "perks of the job" to "abuse of authority"......how many times have we seen this lately? The bottom line is, he's human. The problem is, he's a Trooper. We expect more from New York's finest! All in all, our upstate police are the very best, and those you would want by your side in times of need!!
You don't appoint yourself "King of the Irish-Fest" without the Ego that goes with it. Matt needs, and wants respect, and to get it he thinks he must do big things, only, He can't do it without a "crutch"! This isn't the first time he's fallen, just the first time the "News" has run with it. I hope it helps a Good Man see the light!
Barneveld Guy

Atlanta, GA

#119 Feb 11, 2009
It is really funny how many people get on things like this when someone is down. Most of these people don't have the stones to say anything in public.

Everyone knows that Matt has an ego. He has been around these parts for 20 years, but to say that he is a bad guy is incorrect. He has helped me and many of the people I know in one way or another. Someone on here dogged his family, his dad was a good dude who coached little league and was a contributor in the community. I know his brothers are good guys, one is a basketball coach and the other is an attorney.

The guy will get hit on this is the trooper who broke many department regulations.
David Alteri-Trenton

Oswego, NY

#120 Feb 11, 2009
Barneveld Guy.....I only knew one person that ever used the word "stones" in lieu of "balls". That would be Matt's yougest brother who lives in Atlanta.
This is the bottom line. Matt has built himself a very negative reputation with the majority of the local community. Those who are his friends/family may not see it. You're upset because people are kicking Matt while he's down? He's just getting a taste of his own medicine and you can't stand it. I bet Matt can't stand any of this either. Matt may have helped a lot of people or is active in the community etc... So what! That all gets erased in the minds of people when he does his stupid egotistical BS. All he is is a State Trooper. That's it!. Nothing more, nothing less. And now he is a tarnished trooper. He has been living as if he is above the law for almost 20 years and wasn't afraid to hide it. That is what makes other resent him. He has abused his "authority" one too many times. I've spoken to many people (50+ if I had to guess) since this story broke. Not one thought Matt was a good guy. The common reaction is.... "if anyone had this coming, he did" or "couldn't have happend to a better person". You can't achieve a postion of authority and put it out there for everyone to see that you abuse it and think that people are going to respect you. I don't think the public or the media will let it drop. And I have to laugh. Someone who must be Matt's friend actually posted above "You must be the idiot that rightfully got his face bashed in.". So Matt's buddies aren't denying he did it. Amazing. That is how egotistical his circle of friends are. They are proud to be associated with him, but won't post their actual names to these posts.
St Patrick

AOL

#121 Feb 11, 2009
We need to take all this negative energy and do something positive with it. Try doing something that will make somebodys life better. Use this as a lesson to your kids to keep them well grounded and on the right path. Take this time to get to know your neighbors. Show the world your strengths instead of pointing out others weakness.
bvld noobie

Ithaca, NY

#122 Feb 12, 2009
Good man? Threw his wife and kids out of their house? Cheated repeatedly on his wife? Threatened a woman I know when she refused his advances? Sounds like Karma to me..... he abused his badge, and is getting what he deserves.
An old friend wrote:
I didn't realize how many PERFECT people there are in this area. Give the guy a break. I'm not saying that what Matt has been accused of is right, but you guys are acting like judge and jury without getting any of the facts. You should try walking a mile in this mans shoes before you judge him. He might not be perfect either but he has taken alot of drug dealers and other repeat offenders of the street. He also served as president and as an EMT in one of the local fire departments. He is a good man and so was his father. Are the people that are bashing Matt the same ones that he arrested or just a group of people that hide behind their computers to make accusations about someone they don't even know. Does it make you feel better about yourself knowing that someone elses life is in the toilet ? You all need to get a life. Get out and do something to better yourself and your community.
Facts

United States

#123 Feb 12, 2009
After reading nearly 200 posts about Matt Sullivan (most of which were deleted by a moderator), I am posting only to address false statements. I am not passing judgment on any of his actions, including the DWI arrest. I am not suggesting that you do not have the right to judge or to express your opinions. These are undisputable facts based on first-hand knowledge, not rumor or speculation -

One, Sullivan is not adopted. Two, he is not the “self-proclaimed King of the Irish Festival,” he is the founder (much like Earle Reed is the founder of the Utica Boilermaker). Three, he had many friends in high school. Four, he did not throw his wife and kids out of the house. Lastly - regarding the incident with his wife’s ex-husband. The ex-husband was a willing (albeit intoxicated) participant. The reasons behind the incident were many and convoluted.
I remember Matt

Fort Pierce, FL

#124 Feb 12, 2009
Anyone who knows Matt knows who he is. Those of us who grew up with him remember what he has done and his personal traits.

I guess that is why most of us aren't so sad or defensive, just sitting in quite contentment.
A Clear Perspective

New York, NY

#125 Feb 13, 2009
1. You are right, he is not adopted.
2. By "Founding" he created the Drink-F, I mean Irish Fest, and in so doing could have appointed someone else to preside.(But he craved the attention)
3. He did have many friends in High School - I remember, but you'd have a hard time finding many NOW. NOW he has but a handful of friends left. I urge him to look within, resurrect the good guy he was, and start over. Its not too late.
4. Again, you are right, he Didn't throw his wife and kids out of the house.
5. The "incident" you refer to is called ASSAULT. He took advantage of the fact his victim
was intoxicated, and bludgeoned him. He, as an Officer, if not as a responsible citizen, knew better, but held himself above the law. His integrity as a Trooper ENDED THERE.
You sound like you know him. If so, I know that you could add to the litany of offenses he has commited, but choose not to do so. God Bless You.
Facts wrote:
After reading nearly 200 posts about Matt Sullivan (most of which were deleted by a moderator), I am posting only to address false statements. I am not passing judgment on any of his actions, including the DWI arrest. I am not suggesting that you do not have the right to judge or to express your opinions. These are undisputable facts based on first-hand knowledge, not rumor or speculation -
One, Sullivan is not adopted. Two, he is not the “self-proclaimed King of the Irish Festival,” he is the founder (much like Earle Reed is the founder of the Utica Boilermaker). Three, he had many friends in high school. Four, he did not throw his wife and kids out of the house. Lastly - regarding the incident with his wife’s ex-husband. The ex-husband was a willing (albeit intoxicated) participant. The reasons behind the incident were many and convoluted.
HP Alumni

Holland Patent, NY

#126 Feb 13, 2009
Facts wrote:
After reading nearly 200 posts about Matt Sullivan (most of which were deleted by a moderator), I am posting only to address false statements. I am not passing judgment on any of his actions, including the DWI arrest. I am not suggesting that you do not have the right to judge or to express your opinions. These are undisputable facts based on first-hand knowledge, not rumor or speculation -
One, Sullivan is not adopted. Two, he is not the “self-proclaimed King of the Irish Festival,” he is the founder (much like Earle Reed is the founder of the Utica Boilermaker). Three, he had many friends in high school. Four, he did not throw his wife and kids out of the house. Lastly - regarding the incident with his wife’s ex-husband. The ex-husband was a willing (albeit intoxicated) participant. The reasons behind the incident were many and convoluted.
Yes, Matt did have a lot of friends in school. I remember when he came to HP from W'boro and he fit right in with the "popular" kids. He always pushed it to the max with the cocky attitude and opinion that he was better than, well, pretty much everyone. You know the type who think their sh** doesn't stink?! So, apparently, the negative opinions are justified by people who know him in some way and are just saying they way he has been. He never gave me the time of day in school but I will say that I ran in to him recently and he was actually very nice to me (although I could still see the cockiness.) He must have done good in his job to be an investigator and to be honest, none of us is perfect. I hope his life turns around and that his children get through this unscathed.
JKW

Brooklyn, NY

#127 Feb 14, 2009
Scott from Barneveld wrote:
To an Old Friend. Aren't you also hiding behind a computer? C'mon. So he did a few good deeds in his life. The facts about all the questionable thing are what erase the good things. Bottom line. This guys ego got the best of him. If any Trooper in the area had this coming, it was him. The only good thing about it is that nobody got hurt. For that, Sullivan is lucky. And it doesn't take a genius to see that the NYSP is covering some major parts of this story up. See the UticaOD online articl today. If the NYSP aren't covering, they are at least are not being 100% forthcoming. Hey, at least he didn't beat up someone outside the Moore Hotel again to the point where the victim needed reconstructive surgery.....hey, what did the NYSP do about that episode? Sullivan = Slug
What major parts are being covered up? Stopped for speeding and charged with DWI. Sounds pretty cut and dry to me. The fact that the agency he worked for actually arrested him should prove that there is no favoritism going on. Regarding the specific details about the NYSP investigation not being released. When an investigation is being conducted, you do not release any info until the investigation is completed. Releasing info prematurely is not prudent and is some cases can hamper the investigation.
Forestport

Caroga Lake, NY

#128 Feb 14, 2009
St Patrick wrote:
We need to take all this negative energy and do something positive with it. Try doing something that will make somebody's life better. Use this as a lesson to your kids to keep them well grounded and on the right path. Take this time to get to know your neighbors. Show the world your strengths instead of pointing out others weakness.
I've known Matt for many many years. True he is not the worst guy in the world... but he always had and attitude that he was better than most people. Could always dish it out... but couldn't take. I am sure anyone who knew his parents would say.. they kept him well grounded etc.... nut Matt was... and is a spoiled brat.. And when someone who has taken an oath.. to uphold the laws and to protect... and gets paid to do so... just shows how arrogant one is to defy the law ..
In Matts case he will get exactly what he deserves. He side swpipped a car... wouldn't yield, and then barracaded himself in his house. 1.8 was his alchol reading. I feel sorry for his daughters, and I am sure it is no surprise to his ex-wife.
I see far too many people in law enforcment break the law.. in and out of uniform. They abuse thir position... just because they know they usually will get away with it. So BROVO for not letting this one get away. Fortunately there were no children in the car he hit... and no one got hurt.
Cathal

New York, NY

#129 Feb 18, 2009
The first year of the Great American Irish Festival Matt Sullivan was Elected to the office of President of Great American Irish Festival Inc. This is a non profit organization who's sole purpose is to raise funds to build an Irish Cultural Center in the Mohawk Valley.
I know this to be true as I was there.
Porchlight

AOL

#130 Feb 20, 2009
Why did a trooper arrest a trooper? That is the question. The answer is because there was no choice since he was in a trooper car that sideswiped the other car. Otherwise he would have been let go. Any person that is drunk and has an accident in a company car is fired period. To be suspended with pay is an outrage. I do not care about his ego, his past, friends, foes, whatever. I do care about a person driving a taxpayer owned car while drunk and hitting another car. For anyone else to do this would be an assult charge.
Jim from Holland Patent

Oswego, NY

#131 Feb 22, 2009
If he was stopped for speeding and DWI and so "cut and dry" why the need for such a long investigation? Is it because there is more to it? Is it because he was chased by the police? Is it because his BAC was actually much higher than .09? Is it because he hit another car while being chased? Why did was the State Police quoted on wktv.com as saying "his actions during his arrest are being called into question". I think you, like all of Matt's friends are delusional to reality. It is pretty cut and dry that there is more to it other than speeding and DWI. Matt thought he could flash his badge and walk away.(like he's done before) and Dave Olney wasn't letting it happen...so Matt ran and tried to get away with it. NOT THIS TIME SULLY>
JKW wrote:
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What major parts are being covered up? Stopped for speeding and charged with DWI. Sounds pretty cut and dry to me. The fact that the agency he worked for actually arrested him should prove that there is no favoritism going on. Regarding the specific details about the NYSP investigation not being released. When an investigation is being conducted, you do not release any info until the investigation is completed. Releasing info prematurely is not prudent and is some cases can hamper the investigation.
from forestport

Caroga Lake, NY

#132 Feb 26, 2009
Porchlight wrote:
Why did a trooper arrest a trooper? That is the question. The answer is because there was no choice since he was in a trooper car that sideswiped the other car. Otherwise he would have been let go. Any person that is drunk and has an accident in a company car is fired period. To be suspended with pay is an outrage. I do not care about his ego, his past, friends, foes, whatever. I do care about a person driving a taxpayer owned car while drunk and hitting another car. For anyone else to do this would be an assult charge.
Matt wasn't in a State or Company car. He was in his own personal car.... and was coming from Vans Tavern where he is a regular.
getting good now

Oswego, NY

#133 Mar 1, 2009
Interesting article in the Utica OD today eh? But he's such a nice guy...done so much good... blah blah blah blah..... Where are all those idiots now that were on his side.
He obviously wasn't coming from Vans. Even the earliest reports in the Media was that he was on RT12 north in Trenton. If he was at Vans he would have no reason to be on RT 12. His friday night hang out is PIGGY PATS.
from forestport wrote:
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Matt wasn't in a State or Company car. He was in his own personal car.... and was coming from Vans Tavern where he is a regular.
HP GS

Paoli, IN

#134 Mar 3, 2009
Bottom line is, He was a trooper, some one who is suppose to set an example. Which he didnt on MANY accounts. And any one that had a run in with him knows, he will bust balls any way possible. Normally i wouldnt want any one to end their career like this, but if any one deserves it, it is him. so in conclusion, Cheers, hopfully he gets what he deserves.

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