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Hearing Scheduled For Washington Township, NJ Cop Accused Of DUI And Resisting Arrest

Date: November 28, 2016

HAZLETON, Pa. – The hearing for 45-year-old William McCarthy, a Washington Township cop, is scheduled for next month. He was accused of crashing into multiple vehicles while driving intoxicated.

The date of hearing is 14th of December and the time is 9:30 a.m. The cop will be arraigned on the charges against him, according to a court official in Hazleton, Pa.

On 16th of June, McCarthy was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. after he struck multiple vehicles. Individuals were present in 2 of the vehicles which were struck by the cop. When the vehicle of the cop stopped, it was heavily damaged from the front end and he was driving it with the airbags deployed.

The cop was charged by the Hazleton police with:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Resisting arrest
  • Accidents involving damage to attended vehicles

5 hours after hitting the cars, he drove the wrong-way on a one-way street in Tamaqua, where he sideswiped a parked vehicle with his Nissan Armada SUV and escaped the scene to north on Route 309.

After some time, the police came to know that a vehicle same as McCarthy’s Nissan was involved in car crashes in Hazleton, so they identified the cop as the person who caused the crashes.

In the second case on the same day, he was charged with:

  • Driving in the wrong direction on a one-way roadway
  • Duty to give information and render aid

Further information was not provided related to the crash, but it was said that the cop was involved in a domestic violence incident before he got involved in the Pennsylvania crashes.

A year ago, the cop was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated on 20th of June 2015. He was found in a vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of Route 94 in a daze and he had an open bottle of tequila. He was expelled from his home when the incident happened last year and he told the cops who pulled him over that he saw dead people and asked if the officer also saw dead people. He didn’t give a breath sample for the intoxication test. The officer asked him to perform the field sobriety test, but he didn’t obey the command.

According to his wife, there were family issues at home, shown by the arrest report. She also told that he’d been drinking heavily since 2002 and that they attempted to get him assistance before. McCarthy denied that he has an addiction issue, as shown by the arrest report.

In august 2016, his driving license was suspended for 3 months for a first-time driving while intoxicated violation in relation to the Blairstown incident. He was driving with a valid driving license when he got involved in a crash on 16th of June 2016.

The investigators are making efforts to know the reason of the crashes. He has been suspended without pay from the Washington Township Police Department as the department is waiting for the outcome of the investigation into the most recent incidents.

Source: www.nj.com

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Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.