911 dispatcher charged with abusing authority
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State police in Greensburg accused a Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher today of abusing his position to help a family member.
State police said Michael Kalp, 41, of Greensburg, a 911 dispatcher, on April 14 requested a tow truck on behalf of his cousin, who he said had struck a deer with his car.
Although Mr. Kalp knew that his cousin, Joseph Kalp, had been injured and had damaged his car, he did not report the accident to state police, according to a police affidavit.
State police discovered that Joseph Kalp hit a utility pole, not a deer, with his car. He also was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, state police said. Mr. Kalp was flown to UPMC-Presbyterian for treatment his injuries.
Michael Kalp was charged Friday with obstructing the administration of law, official oppression, reckless endangerment, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, hindering apprehension or prosecution, and making a false report.
First Published May 12, 2012 12:00 am