Lawyer for Obama's uncle questions officer's driving
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Lawyers for Oyango Obama -- uncle of President Barack Obama -- are now questioning the driving history of the officer that pulled him over last August.
Obama, an illegal immigrant, briefly appeared in Framingham District Court Thursday as his lawyer said he's investigating whether the officer has a pattern of poor driving.
“We want to review the records and see if there is a pattern of conduct of bad driving behavior on the part of the arresting officer,” said defense lawyer Scott Bratton.
In court, Bratton asked for a copy of Officer Val Krishtal’s accident reports while he was on duty. According to court paperwork, this request came after it was reported Krishtal was on duty when he lost control of his cruiser and crashed into a stone wall in November.
Krishtal arrested Obama last summer outside the Chicken Saloon in Framingham for rolling through a stop sign. Krishtal said Obama registered 0.14 on a blood alcohol test, higher than the state's legal limit of 0.08.
“We just have a very brief hearing. We received records we requested,” said Bratton.
The defense claims Krishtal was speeding before he approached Obama at the stop sign, citing the police report: “I was no more than 30 feet from the rear of this vehicle and it required me to quickly apply my brakes to avoid striking it.”
Court paperwork also cites the District Attorney’s investigation into Krishtal’s November crash, stating: “There have been numerous incidents investigated by the Framingham Police Department over the past several years involving Officer Krishtal and the operation of a motor vehicle while on duty.”
7News obtained Krishtal’s personal driving record -- Krishtal has an active non-renewal status, meaning some type of fine or fee has to be paid before he can renew his license. 7News is awaiting the accident reports that the defense requested while he was on duty.
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