NORRISTOWN — An ex- State Police trooper of Pa. will soon be driving, but with restrictions, during the period of awaiting trial after he was apprehended driving DUI while off-duty and hitting another car, ultimately killing a woman while driving along Upper Dublin’s Pennsylvania Turnpike.
A agreement for the bail was concluded Monday between the prosecutors and 41- year-old ex- Trooper Barry M. Searfoss Jr. He will be given back his license and he will be allowed to drive between 9 o’clock in the morning until sunset .This was the order of the court.
In addition, if Searfoss who is residing in Gavin Drive, Township Valley in the County of Chester, is employed, his work schedule must be submitted to the bail authority and he is allowed to drive for work purposes even beyond restricted timeframe He is also given an extra hour prior to and after work so he can report to his employer and come home after.
The bail’s purpose is to guarantee that the defendant complies with the judicial system and appears during court hearings.
Deputy District Attorney Christopher Maloney stated that upon reviewing the case, he believes that that the license should be returned since no conviction has been pronounced. In discussing with his colleagues, they agreed that the accused be given back his license but with restrictions. They are confident that these conditions will have no negative impact on public’s safety.
After the preliminary hearing of June 25, Searfoss bail was set by Judge Patricia Zaffarano of the District Court, at 10 % of $50,000. Searfoss had to surrender his driver’s license and was not allowed to drive motor vehicle during the trial.
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