A government employee who has worked for more than 10 years as the head of the Office of Congressional Ethics is facing serious legal problems regarding an incident that occurred in September. He has been placed on leave from his position until further notice. He is also facing criminal charges for DUI, following a motor vehicle collision that occurred in Pennsylvania, when he was behind the wheel.
A homeowner in Pike County said that he was at home that evening when he suddenly heard a loud noise that sounded like a fireworks explosion. Seconds later, he another loud noise and felt his house shake. The man says he then went outside to have a look and discovered what appeared to be a post-collision scene.
The driver survived the crash
The man who was serving as the head of the Office of Congressional Ethics survived the collision. He was later arrested and charged with suspected DUI. He has since told reporters that he has also been dealing with a particular medical condition that causes him to lose consciousness.
The police officers who were dispatched to the scene stated that the driver refused to take a field sobriety test and refused blood alcohol tests. During his leave of absence from work, the government worker is apparently attending sessions for treatment of an alcohol disorder. He was scheduled to attend a preliminary hearing in court at the start of November. In cases like this, defendants almost always seek legal support before heading to court, which often helps them mitigate their circumstances.