Green Tree of­fi­cer placed on leave

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local News - By Jonathan D. Sil­ver Jonathan D. Sil­ver: jsil­[email protected], 412-263-1962 or on Twit­ter @jsil­verpg.

A Green Tree po­lice of­fi­cer was charged with DUI early Fri­day in Over­brook while off duty and placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave.

Eric Diehl, 49, of McDon­ald was charged by Pitts­burgh po­lice with one mis­de­meanor count of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Of­fi­cer Diehl crashed his SUV into a car driven by a man iden­ti­fied as Regis D. Flan­nery, who had lower back pain, about 1:12 a.m. at Maytide Street and Saw Mill Run Boule­vard, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

He also struck a parked ve­hi­cle in the lot of a busi­ness called Used Car World, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cer Diehl was with his girl­friend, Amanda An­der­son, who ap­peared un­in­jured, po­lice said. He told a Pitts­burgh po­lice of­fi­cer that he was driv­ing in­bound on Saw Mill Run when “all of a sud­den, he just saw head­lights and couldn’t re­act fast enough ...” a crim­i­nal com­plaint said.

Po­lice said Of­fi­cer Diehl smelled of al­co­hol and said he had been at his cabin in West Vir­ginia and had con­sumed three beers three hours ear­lier, the com­plaint said.

Af­ter field so­bri­ety test­ing, Of­fi­cer Diehl was found to be in­tox­i­cated, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. At 2:45 a.m., a breath test in­di­cated a blood al­co­hol con­tent of 0.083, slightly above the le­gal limit for driv­ing of 0.08, the com­plaint said. A sec­ond test reg­is­tered 0.76, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

Mr. Flan­nery told po­lice that he was sit­ting at a light on Maytide wait­ing to turn onto Saw Mill Run Boule­vard when his light turned green and he went. He told po­lice that Of­fi­cer Diehl’s SUV went through a red light and hit his car, the com­plaint said.

Of­fi­cer Diehl was re­leased to Ms. An­der­son and will be charged by sum­mons.

Green Tree po­lice Chief Colin Cleary said upon learn­ing of the in­ci­dent he put Of­fi­cer Diehl on leave pend­ing the re­sults of crim­i­nal and in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions. He said he spoke with the of­fi­cer, who has been with the depart­ment for at least 20 years, but de­clined to re­veal what the of­fi­cer said.

Of­fi­cer Diehl could not be reached for com­ment.

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