Former Pa. trooper charged with DUI, homicide

A Coatesville, Pennsylvania, man was arrested under an affidavit of probable cause in connection with a fatal accident on the Turnpike that occurred the evening of May 18. The 40-year-old former Pennsylvania state trooper was arrested Monday and charged with driving under the influence and homicide. He was also charged with careless and reckless driving.

Apparently, the 21-year-old female victim's Lincoln Town Car experienced engine trouble as she was passing a vehicle in the left-hand lane traveling west near the Fort Washington Interchange in Upper Dublin. She quickly lost speed and the trooper's pickup truck slammed into the back of her car at approximately 73 miles per hour. Her vehicle burst into flames and the woman died of multiple blunt force injuries, coupled with burns and smoke inhalation

The trooper was traveling from a golf charity outing that began earlier that morning. The charity, ironically enough, was a fundraiser in honor of a child who was killed by a drunk driver. The golfers said they saw the trooper drink four beers during their round of golf. He appeared wobbly at the scene by witnesses and failed two field sobriety tests. A blood test showed his BAC to be 0.188 percent; more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

The trooper was discharged from his duties and posted bail. During this time, and as conditions of his bail, he must abstain from alcohol, turn over his passport and drivers license, and have no contact with any of the witnesses. The trooper's attorney request that the man maintain his driver's license during business hours so he may look for work was denied.

While the former trooper may face up to three years in prison for this tragic accident that has come with consequences of epic proportions, the court may show leniency in sentencing a man who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law and protecting our citizens.

Source: montgomerynews.com, "Former state trooper charged with homicide by behicle in Upper Dublin crash," Linda Finarelli, June 25, 2012

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