June 2, 2009

Bond lowered for Park

Accused hit-and-run driver Robert Park was in court today, where a judge lowered his bond to $95,000. Read WTIC's account here to get details.
This was apparently in the arrest warrant -- which the police have yet to send me:

About an hour after the crash, police say three officers found Park asleep in a bedroom, and smelled alcohol on his breath.  After they woke him up,  he fell over several times, as he tried to take a lighter out of his pocket.  Police say Park could not make complete sentences, and slurred his words.  A blood alcohol test was more than three times the legal limit.
Police say Park threatened suicide,  when they told him he had killed a teenager.  


You can read reporter Diane Church's account in The Bristol Press on Wednesday. It may be online sooner, but it isn't now.
Here is the Courant's story about Tuesday's arraignment.

Update on Wednesday, 9:45 a.m. --
Here is Church's story for the Press. It has a nice picture by Mike Orazzi inside the courtroom.
For detail from the arrest warrant, see this story in today's Courant.

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25 comments:

Anonymous said...

What ashame for the family to here this news .the police really screwed this up. The bond wouldnt get reduce if this was done correct.time for change allaround.

Anonymous said...

a lower bond what a joke this drunk is going to be right back behind the wheel. and he will kill again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the police dept. This guy will keep on drinking and not miss a beat. thanks to our city leaders for not taking charge.Just keep thinking of your selves and not the people you serve. YOUR LOWER THEN THE GROUND YOU WALK ON.

Anonymous said...

Where was he drinking?

Anonymous said...

HENERYS FAMILY MUST BE SICK. I SAW HIS FATHER TODAY VERY UPSET. THANKS BRISTOL POLICE HOPE YOUR HAPPY. JUST KEEP COVERING FOR YOUR SELVES. WE NEED LEADERS WITH BA___S. NOT THE LOSERS WE HAVE.

Anonymous said...

what was the reason his bond was lowered? what did the police dept do wrong with this case?

Anonymous said...

Innocent until proven guilty. We don't know where he drank; it could have been in his own home. If he has a good lawyer, then Park has already been to rehab, and is staying sober. So we don't have to worry about him driving drunk, and his bond should be lowered.

I am so tired of people that I know habitually drive under the influence putting this guy down. It could have easily been one of them, or it could be one of them some night in the future. Judge not...

Anonymous said...

His bond was probably reduced because the case against him is weak at best. The cops should just admit they screwed up,Divenere should resign as well as the "Bad Lieutenat" (Good movie from 1992)and we should all learn from this sad incident.

Anonymous said...

Keep covering for the cops . MAKE MORE EXCUSES FOR THEM.This is a real joke hope this doesnt happen to anybody you are close to . Just think of henerys family . RIP HENERY. This guy will get his when he goes to jail.

Anonymous said...

We should all learn from this dont trust dirty cops and stupid ones.Call in every time you see a cop doing nothing. The mayor will change his phone number the first week.

Anonymous said...

Steve kinda looks similar to the Judge in this case.

Anonymous said...

Bond is set to preclude flight, not as to guilt or innocence.

The judge makes that decision, not the police.

Steve Collins said...

The lowering of the bond has absolutely nothing to do with the strength of the case against Park.
Some of you are awfully quick to dismiss the genuine work that the police put in.
The test isn't the bond's dollar amount. It's the case as a whole. Give it time.

Anonymous said...

There's part of the story we didn''t hear... "he treatened suicide..."

So he didn't go to rehab on his own...he went to rehab on a PEC. (Police Emergency Committal)

Anonymous said...

It amazes me how little people know about how a police department works - or the city in general. Let them have the time to build the best case - which they are doing. Rushing would only cause something to be overlooked.
Lowering the bond has NOTHING to do with the case presented by the police.
Quit whining, it doesn't help Henry's family.

Anonymous said...

Steve, That story in your paper was terrible. You probably know that. Don't you have anyone there who can at least edit what gets into the paper? It's so full of simple grammar mistakes.
I know from reading your blog that you have an appreciation for language. Ms. Church doesn't.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the stories this week covering the case really sucked, and the sad part is that they took so long to produce compared to the other media outlets, who got the news out there right away. Time for a new police beat reporter.

Anonymous said...

No leadership all around so this is what you get.A mayor whose afraid of the union a chief whose had several sex related problems city officals covering for him and look whats happening.

Anonymous said...

I have seen the judge and I have seen Steve. They do not look alike. Steve is way hotter.

Anonymous said...

Look the police did the right thing by following the evidence. I knew Henry. I also know the other child well. It was not the police who lowered the bond It Was The Judge. The Officers who investegated had nothing to do with the judges ruling. It is ashame the Wayes had to hear that the bond was reduced. If it was a family who the city thought was important they would have thrown the book at Park. A time will come for him when he needs to answer for his crime. In the mean time we need to have some faith in the justice system.

Anonymous said...

Bring the rope and a bottle of vodka to him maybe this would end the story so Henery could rest in peace. NO JUSTICE FOR THIS FAMILY IN BRISTOL.

Anonymous said...

8:47 good idea. Not to mention it would be much less expensive than going to trial and keeping someone in prison for 25 years+ at $50k a year cost to the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

This family should ask for the resignations of every officer involved.This is ashame what is happening and the chief gets away with it again.How much more embarassment will bristol have to put up with.

Anonymous said...

Let's see: this guy was so wasted that he couldn't even walk but had the presence of mind to know that if he wangled his way into rehab real quick, he could avoid an immediate arrest. Cops hanging around his house for hours after the incident before any action was taken. The cops probably knew who this guy was within minutes after the accident. Let's connect some more dots here - he's a heavy drinker who is rumored to have possibly received help and/or advice from some police officers either on or off the scene as to how to manage his problem in real time as it developed. He was allowed the luxury of time to sort this mess out while that boy was dying? Let's go further. After examining what so far is the public record (news accounts, since the police dept. is mumb), let's pose a hypothetical scenario: consider that a man had just KILLED a child in a DUI stupor a block or two away from his house, and was Joe Schmoe nobody that had no connection to anybody that could offer him advice that would keep him out of jail in the short term, but although he could not manage a lighter at the time, he gets a bright idea about checking himself into rehab to avoid arrest because he saw on cable TV that the stars in Hollywood do it all the time. REHAB! Those cops would have had that guy on the ground and dragging him into the back of a cruiser in a New York minute. The difference is: He isn't a hollywood star with lawyers to call on his cell phone on the way home from the packy and accident scene to make a deal with the police by the time he arrives at home, he's probably not a legal scholar and by some accounts has been called a drunk who made daily trips to the same store to buy his daily vodka. Add that he lives in a neighborhood where he may have had help from people that knew what to do to "manage" the situation. "Damage Control," I think they call it. Have you found out who his friends and neighbors are? Drinking buddies? Can anyone connect the dots here? Something stinks pretty badly about this whole affair. How many of the cops knew or know this guy? Why was he helped? What was the delay at the house? Huge complicated investigation, we're told. These things take time, we're told. You know, to build that iron-clad case for court. Call in the CSI guys, we found a drunk guy who just ran over a child and admits doing it, except that he mistook the child for a shopping cart! WHAT? What transpired during those hours of hand-wringing and agonizing by police over how to handle this seemingly cut-and-dried situation to effect the most positive outcome for Park's benefit while that innocent boy that had been cut down on George Street was finally passed into God's loving hands, where he was surely welcomed into heaven but at the absolutely heartbreaking and crushing sacrifice of his family, who will never recover from the devastation caused by Park's actions? Who does this guy Park know, and who was running interference for him? I wouldn't guess that Gerry Spence was up there on George Street arguing the merits of probable cause with the officers for all that time. What's the truth? Who knew what when, and what, if anything, is being covered up? "Police Emergency Committal" That means the cops helped this guy into rehab, which ultimately delayed his arrest and will(he hopes) create mitigating circumstances that MAY cause a judge to look more favorably on him in the future disposition of his case, come sentencing time. PRESS: Find out the truth. You owe it to Henry and his family. And you owe it to the City of Bristol. When this case is over and future memorials to this fine young boy are held, the least we should be able to do for him is say that we found out the truth.

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