A police officer in Erie could see her career in jeopardy after she was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. The 47-year-old Pennsylvania police officer is scheduled to appear in court in June for her alleged role in a fatal car accident back in Feb. 2017. The officer initially pleaded guilty to the charge of drunk driving, but recanted her plea earlier this year. She has retained legal representation for her second run at the charges.
According to the report provided by the Erie Times, the woman was traveling in town on Feb. 18, 2017 when her vehicle entered the opposing lane and struck another car head-on. The driver of that car, a 57-year-old man, was killed in the impact. When the officer, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, was taken to the hospital, her blood alcohol content was registered at almost three times the legal limit of .08.
The officer reportedly pleaded guilty to the charges, which include homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence. However, she backed out of a plea deal with prosecutors, and her representation has since clarified that she believes the other driver also played a considerable role in the accident. She has been suspended without pay and is set to appear in court again beginning June 11.
If the officer is found guilty on the drunk driving charge, it could spell the end of her career in law enforcement, not to mention the serious penalties she would be facing. Stakes this high demand the attention of an attorney well-versed in Pennsylvania criminal defense proceedings. A savvy lawyer will put the prosecution to its proof, challenging the evidence and protecting the rights of the accused at every stage of the proceedings.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, “Trial Set for Police Officer Charged in Fatal Off-Duty Crash“, May 21, 2018