In Pennsylvania, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala (shown here)has made a controversial decision not to charge a Kennedy Township police officer with leaving the scene of a crime after he allegedly drove drunk and hit a man — leaving him critically injured. Zappala announced that, because Frank Caliguiri eventually came back, he will not be charged with leaving the scene. What is astonishing is that this is not the only such case recently against an officer in this area.
Caliguiri’s blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.126 percent at the time of the accident. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. The announcement was made all the more controversial by the fact that the victim Justin McFadden, 22, had brain surgery just last week.
Caliguiri will still face DUI charges. Caliguiri insisted that he was not able to immediately pull over due to traffic. Zappala said that he personally reviewed the scene and found that such a charge was not warranted. The articles do not indicate how long it took for Caliguiri to return. They do indicate that officers were on the scene when he came back and took responsibility for the accident.
In another case, a former Crafton police officer recently pleaded guilty to running over and killing David Hall, 24, (shown here) on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Former officer Donnie Breeden will face one to two years in a state prison for involuntary manslaughter.