The father and police Sergeant of an officer facing charges for an accident that killed a local teen is now facing charges himself. Following the Windsor Locks case over the past several months, we've seen some developments, but the Sergeant's role in the case had always been in question.
The 53 year old man was arrested a few weeks ago and brought before the court on charges of hindering prosecution and interfering with an officer. He entered an official plea of not guilty on January 11 and has been granted bail.
According to reports, he was the first law enforcement officer on the scene of the accident, an accident involving his off-duty cop son and a teenage boy. The son is charged with driving drunk and hitting the child, causing his death.
Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, at least one witness stated they saw the intoxicated officer throw a beer glass in the yard, a beer glass his father allegedly knew about but failed to disclose. He is also accused of keeping police from the emergency room at the hospital where his son was taken, stating he would not be giving blood tests and would not be providing a statement.
Access to his son, a then DUI suspect, was important because the blood test would be a crucial piece of evidence in determining his level of intoxication at the time of the accident. With every moment that passes, that blood alcohol content drops.
Both the Sergeant and his son are now facing a lawsuit as well. The family of the young victim has filed suit against both and have filed a notice of intent to sue the town. The added stress of civil litigation certainly won't be helping the men as they fight criminal charges.
The father's case has been continued to February 5th for the time being.