February 12, 2008
A Forks Township police officer suspended last year after he was charged with driving drunk at more than 120 mph on Interstate 80 has resigned... Police Chief Greg Dorney announced the resignation of Ernest D. Fimiano Jr... Fimiano submitted his resignation letter Friday and it was effective immediately... "I think there is a great deal of relief," supervisors Chairman C. David Howell said Monday. Fimiano had been suspended without pay since Oct. 15...
FOUR COUNTY CHASE AT 126 MPH
October 31, 2007
The township police officer who was charged with drunken driving earlier this month led Pennsylvania State police on a 126 mph chase lasting nearly 40 miles before being arrested... he was clocked at 126 mph in a 65 mph zone... Officials say three state police cruisers chased Fimiano through Union, Northumberland, Montour and Columbia counties before one pulled the off-duty officer over... A preliminary breath test indicated Fimiano's blood alcohol content was 0.136 percent, Stroup said. Fimiano also exhibited signs of intoxication during field sobriety tests... Fimiano was originally charged with general impairment, a DUI grading that does not include a mandatory license suspension for the first offense. "We certainly don't condone our officers being arrested for DUI," Police Chief Greg Dorney said. Dorney said he will conduct an internal investigation of the incident and will present his findings to the board of supervisors for disciplinary action. Dorney declined to discuss further details of Fiminao's arrest citing personnel issues.
ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
January 10, 2008
The problems for suspended Forks Township police officer Ernest Fimiano Jr. continue to mount. On Wednesday, he was arraigned on charges stemming from a domestic assault incident because of an argument that turned physical, according to court records. He's charged with pushing Patricia Reilly, with whom he was intimately involved, into a wall... "He is mentally, verbally and physically abusive," Reilly wrote in the protection-from-abuse order. The PFA required Fimiano to surrender his personal Smith and Wesson pistol to the Northampton County Sheriff's Department. "He turned it over to a third party, which he has the right to do," said Northampton County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Tom Marchetti, adding the weapon surrendered Dec. 26. Fimiano's service weapon, keys, badge and identification were confiscated Oct. 15 when he was initially suspended.