Even a small amount of alcohol has an effect on your body. It takes two hours for your body to metabolize one drink.
Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Terrica Y. Jones
Security footage reveals that on the night of Feb. 4, 59-year-old Richard Pieri stumbled across the hospital parking lot at the Veterans Affairs facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, according to a criminal complaint reported on by The Washington Post.
The big problem? Pieri is a nurse at the facility and was on his way to participate in an emergency surgical procedure.
After allegedly drinking four or five beers while playing the slots at a casino, he took an on-call page from the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center and drove into work.
The Washington Post wrote that after observing him struggle to log in to his computer, one colleague asked, “Rick, are you drunk or something?”
He then went into surgery and assisted with an emergency appendectomy.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, one physician’s assistant told an investigator that he smelled alcohol in the operating room and concluded someone in the room had been drinking.
When asked by authorities if he knew why they were there, Pieri responded, “I guess it has something to do with me being drunk on call.”
As a result, Pieri is facing charges of recklessly endangering another person, driving under the influence, and public drunkenness, according to court documents.
He explained to authorities that he had forgotten he was on call, but when he received the page did not want to force anyone else to cover his shift.
“To the best of my knowledge there’s been no harm as a result of the incident,” William Klaips, executive assistant to the VA Medical Center’s director, told The Washington Post.
Although the patient involved in the surgery appears to have been unaffected by Pieri’s actions, the affidavit suggests that “Pieri’s actions were knowingly reckless and could have caused serious injury or death to the patient.”
Photo: US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
U.S. Army Cpt. Katrina Hopkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers, assigned to Task Force Warhorse, pilot a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operation at Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Javion Siders)
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
The soldier who was arrested for taking an armored personnel carrier on a slow-speed police chase through Virginia has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on two charges, according to The Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Joshua Phillip Yabut, 30, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — in this case, a 12-ton APC taken from Fort Pickett in June 2018 — and violating the terms of his bond, which stemmed from a trip to Iraq he took in March 2019 (which was not a military deployment).