Tossed firework at on-duty officer's cruiser as a joke, sparking a chase
Four officers of the Mount Carmel Township Police Department have been suspended indefinitely for an alleged joy ride gone awry.
Patrolmen Patrick McAndrew, Michael Pitcavage and David Stamets were suspended Friday. Patrolman Matthew Filarski began medical leave last week. His suspension is expected to begin once the leave expires.
The suspensions were confirmed Thursday by township supervisor Chairman Charles Gasperetti, police Chief Brian Hollenbush and township solicitor Vincent Rovito.
The four officers were off-duty Sept. 1, Labor Day, when they were allegedly chased by Kulpmont Patrolman David Tomtishen. It began in the borough, continued through Marion Heights and led into the surrounding coal lands in Mount Carmel Township. A firework was allegedly tossed at the on-duty officer’s cruiser as a joke, sparking the chase.