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Philadelphia police veteran faces vehicular manslaughter charges

While people are recovering from a traumatic life event, such as the loss of a loved one, their behavior may be unpredictable and even destructive. Unfortunately, Pennsylvanians in these unfortunate circumstances are not exempt from punishment if they break drunk driving laws.

Just one week after a Philadelphia police officer lost his former wife, he spent time with a friend at a bar, where they both consumed a substantial amount of beer and liquor. Ignoring their impairment, the friend allowed the officer to drive her in his car, which allegedly reached a speed of 100 miles per hour, nearly three times the speed limit.

The man crashed into a van and killed its driver, a father of four. Fortunately, the police officer and his friend survived the accident without any major injuries. Thanks to the device in the officer’s car, there is unquestionable evidence that he was driving faster than 100 miles per hour when he crashed into the victim’s van, and his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit at the time of the accident.

The incident will most likely have an impact on the rest of the officer’s life. The 46-year-old had served with the police department for 21 years, but was fired several weeks after the accident. Now he is facing charges for vehicular manslaughter and may receive a prison sentence. It is unknown if the former police officer had any previous DUI arrests. Anyone who is facing DWI charges, whether it’s a first or second offense, may want to seek the help of a DUI attorney as soon as possible.

Source: The Inquirer, “Fired Phila. officer to be tried for vehicular homicide,” Mark Fazlollah, Feb. 5, 2014

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