PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh Police The officer was placed on administrative leave without pay after a car accident left a Channel 11 employee seriously injured earlier this month.
Phil DiLucente, the lawyer representing the victim, said: “These are all very disturbing actions.
Police have charged officer Tariq Jamal-Francis with a DUI, reckless driving and child endangerment after he allegedly got behind the wheel of a car while drunk with his 17-year-old son in the seat. sub before crashing into a Channel 11 employee.
“She had a concussion and lost consciousness so it was a completely different level of concussion. She saw a neuropsychologist. She is feeling tingling. It wasn’t just her neck pain, it spread down her arm,” said Ken Nolan, the victim’s attorney.
The official said he shouldn’t have been driving and that his son should have been driven to practice, according to police paperwork.
The incident happened on November 12, about a mile from the Jamal-Francis home, along New Texas Road in Plum Borough.
According to the police, behind Jamal-Francis finished Channel 11 payroll and took off.
He then continued to reverse and drove onto the left side of the road, crashing into an embankment.
Police say he eventually continued to turn onto Saltsburg Road.
That’s where he finally stopped at Boyce Park Drive and called the police to report the incident.
“We were certainly surprised and shocked that an officer was involved not because of the potentially criminal nature of the matter but because he didn’t actually stop at the scene,” DiLucente said.
Police said Jamal-Francis admitted to drinking but refused to take a sobriety test at the scene.
He agreed to have DUI blood drawn at Forbes Hospital, where police said he smelled of alcohol.
“It seems like it lacks remorse, lacks responsibility,” said DiLucente.
The collision was so severe that his car had to be towed out of the area.
The victim’s car was also badly damaged.
Channel 11 has reached out to Jamal-Francis by phone and in person, but we have not received a response to this report.
“When you are drinking and driving, you are not only a danger to yourself, but also a danger to the people you come into contact with – in this case our customers and any other people,” says DiLucente. anyone in your car.
Jamal-Francis is not in police custody.
He will be charged through a summons.
Channel 11 staff reports that she will continue to receive treatment and therapy for her ongoing injuries and injuries.
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