Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

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Source: Santa Barbara County District Attorney

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced [Friday] the sentencing of Donald Paul McCaffrey on misdemeanor charges of hit and run and resisting, obstructing, or delaying a law enforcement officer.  

In July of 2016, McCaffrey, was involved in an accident and then ran from police during their investigation of the collision. Numerous Santa Barbara Police Department officers searched the area around Santa Barbara and Anapamu Streets for McCaffrey who evaded the police for approximately an hour before surrendering. On October 9, 2018 a jury convicted McCaffrey of all charges.   McCaffrey was a retired law enforcement officer.

The Honorable Judge Hill, of the Santa Barbara Superior Court, then sentenced McCaffrey to 15 days in the county jail and three years of probation with multiple related terms and conditions including 50 hours of community work service. 

Prosecuting Attorney Morgan Lucas expressed her appreciation to the jury and to her fellow public safety officers in stating: “We are here to uphold the law, not to use our knowledge of the law to evade responsibility for violating it."

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a-1542257409 Oct 23, 2018 07:26 PM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

You know, this is how the Santa Barbara News-Press scandal baloney all began. When Travis Armstrong (Editorial Page Editor) got busted for DUI (wrong way up a local one-way street), the News-Press was accused of not reporting the news properly. This was said when the follow up article on Travis was some tiny few lines on page B-2 (or some such). News-Press was in trouble for printing Rob Lowe's address, but this "shameful coverup) of the story on Travis was the beginning of the N-P's downhill slide.

LocalsOnly Oct 23, 2018 04:32 PM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

While this would be a relatively fair sentence for someone who took a plea deal for their first DUI and running from the scene of the accident, this is not the case here. Any time a normal person takes a case to trial - thus wasting a massive amount of public time and money, along with pissing off the DA and judge - they receive the absolute maximum for every charge they are eventually convicted of. This is not an unspoken trend - this is our broken justice system's standard approach and most prosecutors and judges will openly admit it. If this were anyone but a law enforcement officer - i.e. people who should be judged far more harshly for breaking the laws they were sworn to uphold, not given preferential treatment - they would undoubtedly be sentenced to a year in county jail along with every class, fine, community service, etc. possible. Our good ol' two-tiered justice system at work!

a-1542257409 Oct 22, 2018 11:16 PM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

How many people who get a DUI in Santa Barbara get their DUIs dropped? Including all fines, classes and sentences. Many people work hard jobs that affect their lives besides law enforcement and they do not get off so easily. Many doctors and nurses for example. Seen plenty of them go through the DUI classes. Which means they are paying up too. Just admit it and move on.

pstarSR Oct 23, 2018 07:08 AM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

honestly, I have seen it in my family ( not police ) and was equally as pissed. Charges were dropped even though it was proved to be a DUI. I also had a co-worker ( not police ) have a very low punishment.

Roger Oct 22, 2018 04:04 PM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

I saw it in the media along time ago not even sure now I don't report things I see in the media only things I hear on the scanner. It wasn't a felony I don't hear of many people getting much time in jail for a non felony hit and run even if they are drunk. Might be different for people of color or homeless folks if someone had a record they would get time. It would be an injustice if he had a record and got no time.

CoastWatch Oct 22, 2018 07:06 AM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

The take away for me is that Police Officers walk a line everyday they go to work, maybe just as you do when YOU go to work, but perhaps they have a lot more at stake on a daily basis... The majority go home at the end of the day and deal / handle the crap they see and do, day in and day out. There are some that don't handle it and have issues that affect their lives off the job. Bottom line- They are humans.

pstarSR Oct 21, 2018 08:28 PM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

The first ( or most lowest comment ) states the media kept this silent. Then we have everyone else chiming in saying he got preferential treatment. Mis information posted on the interwebs. I don't need to tell you, use google

a-1542257409 Oct 21, 2018 06:47 PM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

@PSTARSR if you know the entire story then enlighten us readers. Why would a retired law enforcement officer leave the scene of an accident and run and hide? No one hides unless they are hiding for a reason...

shorebird Oct 23, 2018 05:08 PM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

If a person involved in a hit and run leaves the scene of the accident and is apprehended later while not driving they can say that they drank alcohol AFTER the accident. DUI is hard to prove at that time.

a-1542257409 Oct 21, 2018 06:26 PM
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced for Hit and Run

He obviously didn't run and hide just because of a simple accident. There is way more behind this. I agree an under the influence has been hidden and dropped here. Anyone else would be in a lot more trouble than he is in. Favoritism at its best working here.

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