Racine County DA cited for drunken driving, leaving scene of accident

04/05/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Wisconsin – Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete was arrested in connection with an accident on Friday after which he allegedly left the scene. As reported by The Journal Times, Chiapete was cited for drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident after hitting a traffic light not far from his home.

Officers were called to respond to the single-vehicle accident shortly after 10 p.m. according to a Racine Police Department press release.

Chiapete is quoted by The Journal Times as releasing a statement to the news source saying, “I take full responsibility for my actions. I am ashamed and embarrassed… I apologize to my family, to the law enforcement community and to all of the citizens in our community.”

Police Chief Art Howell issued a statement about the incident writing, “I would like to publicly acknowledge the work performed by Racine Police officers, who, while investigating this politically sensitive matter, placed their constitutional duty above their professional relationships.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Wisconsin Legal News

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