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Drunk PPD Sergeant Kills Fishtown Man With His Car
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My neighborhood is going batshit on Facebook about this.

6ABC:
Quote:HOLMESBURG - September 18, 2013 (WPVI) -- A Philadelphia police officer is under investigation after an accident in Holmesburg that left one man dead.

The story is nothing less than a compound tragedy for everyone involved.

The respected officer may soon be facing criminal charges after the accident, which happened just days after he buried his ex-wife.


While Action News doesn't want to identify the cop, it's Sgt. Thomas Winkis, I had just given condolences to a couple friends who are personal friends of his ex-wife, an officer in my police district who died on duty from a brain anyeurism:

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/dncri...y-cop.html

Quote:This post has been updated. A Fishtown man who got into a car accident with an off-duty Philadelphia police sergeant Saturday night has died, and police now are investigating whether either driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs. Sgt. Thomas Winkis was driving a Dodge Challenger on State Road near Ashburner Street in Holmesburg just before midnight Saturday, when he collided with a Ford Econoline van driven by David Farries, 55, of Oxford Street near Thompson, sources said.



Commissioner Ramsey is outta town right now but I bet he's not happy.


The Farries family were very quick to jump all over FB and post to the comments sections of news reports. The Sgt. got to go home the same night as the accident which is NOT usual, so they're already calling foul, which I guess they should since if they didn't there probably wouldn't be any investigation of the Sgt's BAC or pulling the computer off his car.
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Cops get pulled over all the time for DUI and then are let off with nothing.Dodgy


...It's not just PPD either.
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Philadelphia Patriot;119027 Wrote:Cops get pulled over all the time for DUI and then are let off with nothing.Dodgy


...It's not just PPD either.

I know a cop up here that got arrested for aggravated assault and the charges were dropped. He's also been stopped several times for traffic issues, all of those were dropped.

Must be nice to be the elite.
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Philadelphia Patriot;119027 Wrote:Cops get pulled over all the time for DUI and then are let off with nothing.Dodgy


...It's not just PPD either.

Well we had Officer DUI who got DUI in both the city and in BucksCo, and in the city case he was actually on duty at the time, he had been drinking at the Blarney Stone on York. I don't think it's the bar's fault they thought it was OK to serve him... they probably figured in the back of their minds if they didn't then they wouldn't get any attention from the district if they needed it so it's nice to be friends with a thirsty cop who just so happens to be in uniform with a cruiser parked by the back door.


He was acquitted on the city DUI case because he was able to drive his patrol car while drunk:

Quote:“The judge said his operation of the vehicle was a de facto field sobriety test,” said defense attorney Joseph Kelly. “I mean, if you know the 26th District, Flora Street is a very small street, and as the one sergeant testified, very hard to navigate — sober, intoxicated, or otherwise.”
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/12...acquittal/




Flora Street is the street that runs directly behind the police station. What's rather funny is, because of the sorry condition of the street and it's one of those super tight-ass colonial streets, this actually passed muster with the judge.

Flora finally got resurfaced and some new pavement so I guess that excuse can't be used anymore... but even driving sober down this street is a challenge to not hit any mirrors on parked cars:

https://www.google.com/maps?ll=39.939225...t&t=h&z=11
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Philadelphia Patriot;119027 Wrote:Cops get pulled over all the time for DUI and then are let off with nothing.Dodgy


...It's not just PPD either.

And you are getting this information from where??? Lots of people get stopped for offenses including DUI every day and get "let off". Do you think every non cop person get's a DUI? Do you think we don't let people call for rides home?

Do cops get to call someone to come get them...sure, just like everyone else does. Do you think that cops don't get arrested for DUI? If a cop get's in a DUI accident his ass is toast just like everyone else's.

streaker69;119028 Wrote:
Philadelphia Patriot;119027 Wrote:Cops get pulled over all the time for DUI and then are let off with nothing.Dodgy


...It's not just PPD either.

I know a cop up here that got arrested for aggravated assault and the charges were dropped. He's also been stopped several times for traffic issues, all of those were dropped.

Must be nice to be the elite.

Why were the aggravated assault charges dropped in this incident? It doesn't just happen without the approval of the district attorney and they don't give two shits if it's a cop or not.
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steelcityk9cop;119040 Wrote:
Philadelphia Patriot;119027 Wrote:Cops get pulled over all the time for DUI and then are let off with nothing.Dodgy


...It's not just PPD either.

And you are getting this information from where??? Lots of people get stopped for offenses including DUI every day and get "let off". Do you think every non cop person get's a DUI? Do you think we don't let people call for rides home?

Do cops get to call someone to come get them...sure, just like everyone else does. Do you think that cops don't get arrested for DUI? If a cop get's in a DUI accident his ass is toast just like everyone else's.

streaker69;119028 Wrote:I know a cop up here that got arrested for aggravated assault and the charges were dropped. He's also been stopped several times for traffic issues, all of those were dropped.

Must be nice to be the elite.

Why were the aggravated assault charges dropped in this incident? It doesn't just happen without the approval of the district attorney and they don't give two shits if it's a cop or not.


"Officer DUI" which is probably who Patriot here is referencing was charged with DUI twice. He was lucky and got his charges dismissed both times.

DUI number 1 was in Bensalem. He took breathalyzer but refused to talk through processing and afterwards but he was among a large group of 1,500 other DUI cases that were tossed because of another DUI case where a defense attorney had successfully challenged the testing machine calibration procedure. He was un-suspended after this incident since FOP5 quickly backed his ass up on that one.


DUI number 2 was literally just feet from the police station. I'm pretty sure it came from an upset neighbor who knew of this cop from beforehand (neighborhood knows who he is and that he worked our district). The complaints were loud enough and went to the right folks (basically harassing the captain) that they had Internal come over and pay him a visit whilst drunk.

That's where the whole funny thing about him driving back to the District on Flora Street was a perfect sobriety test because if you can drive down Flora Street without crashing your car, it's just not possible that you've been drinking and even if you were, not enough to be impaired, obviously. At least that's the judge's rational for tossing DUI #2.

Immediately after that the cop started poking at the FOP5 to start the arb shit to get him back on the force again.



It was after this I wrote the PPD and told them if they do reinstate him to please do not ever let him serve and protect us in the 26th District ever again. Send him to another District (hopefully Fairmount Park detail so he'll crash his car into the Schuylkill River and drown).
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Action 6 has some more detail about Officer Drunkard (from the first post I made):

He was drinking at Maggie's Waterfront Cafe, which is in East Torresdale way up in the far far Northeastern part of Philly.

I looked up property records and discovered I used to live a couple blocks away from him... he looked familiar, I've seen him at McNally's bar in Mayfair, which is a cop bar in my old neighborhood, not too far away from Lock's Gun Shop.



Given where the accident happened on State Road, he was halfway back to his house in Mayfair. State Rd is usually pretty empty late at night but it gets busy once you hit Levick St because that's the downside of the Tacony Bridge. So this asshole would have been zooming through at very high speed through unloading bridge traffic and then zooming past my old house to get back home.


The impact his Challenger made to the van was right at the driver's side door handle. The back of the van was completely intact--so he T-boned the van while it was busy turning onto the road.

Even if Dave was wearing a seatbelt he would still be dead. A Dodge Challenger coming at you at high speed and hitting you in the driver's side door is not something likely to be survivable even with a seat belt on.
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Don't read into the fact that the guy went home after the crash... there isn't any reason to keep him. The accident reconstruction is going to take anywhere from a week to a month to complete and they are going to have to wait for his blood results to come back.

Fatal accidents are handled with a fine tooth comb.... there isn't any monkey business that goes on... too many eyes will be upon the findings. Attorneys.. insurance companies...district attorneys... command staff.

As for the cop that was one of 1,500 that got his dui tossed out....that's just being lucky.
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steelcityk9cop;119044 Wrote:Don't read into the fact that the guy went home after the crash... there isn't any reason to keep him. The accident reconstruction is going to take anywhere from a week to a month to complete and they are going to have to wait for his blood results to come back.

Fatal accidents are handled with a fine tooth comb.... there isn't any monkey business that goes on... too many eyes will be upon the findings. Attorneys.. insurance companies...district attorneys... command staff.

As for the cop that was one of 1,500 that got his dui tossed out....that's just being lucky.


It's more than just lucky it's like winning the Cash 5 twice in a row in a year:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/12...acquittal/

Quote:PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A fired Philadelphia police officer has been acquitted of driving under the influence while on duty and in uniform.

The defense concedes that then-officer William Haviland was drinking in a bar while on duty, in uniform and armed. But Haviland’s attorney argued that his client was not impaired.

Today, Judge Roger Gordon found Haviland not guilty, citing evidence that Haviland had driven his patrol car without crashing.

“The judge said his operation of the vehicle was a de facto field sobriety test,” said defense attorney Joseph Kelly. “I mean, if you know the 26th District, Flora Street is a very small street, and as the one sergeant testified, very hard to navigate — sober, intoxicated, or otherwise.”

The case was also tainted by a faulty breathalyzer unit that has also undermined about 1,500 other suspected DUI cases.

Witnesses from inside the bar had testified that Officer Haviland was drinking, smelled of alcohol, and was making racial slurs — a specific charge the defense denies.

Kelly says Haviland, who had a previous DUI case in the suburbs and was fired after this incident (see previous story), now wants his Philadelphia police job back.
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steelcityk9cop;119040 Wrote:
Philadelphia Patriot;119027 Wrote:Cops get pulled over all the time for DUI and then are let off with nothing.Dodgy


...It's not just PPD either.

And you are getting this information from where??? Lots of people get stopped for offenses including DUI every day and get "let off". Do you think every non cop person get's a DUI? Do you think we don't let people call for rides home?

Do cops get to call someone to come get them...sure, just like everyone else does. Do you think that cops don't get arrested for DUI? If a cop get's in a DUI accident his ass is toast just like everyone else's.


Because I have a lot of friends who are cops, and they go out drinking a few nights per week, drive home highly intoxicated, occasionally get pulled over, and laugh about the encounter the next day. Not so much in the suburbs, but I also hear about several times when cops were drinking on duty. This is from the cops themselves I hear and from friends whose parents were the officers on duty drinking. It's also not unusual for Philly cops who border the Delaware River to drink by the river and start shooting at buoys in the Delaware late at night.

If these incidents did not happen then maybe my cop buddies shouldn't make them up.
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