Blinded DWI Defendant Pleads Not Guilty

The incident was Timothy Schroeder's third drunken driving arrest.

Timothy Schroeder, the Long Beach man who was arrested for driving while intoxicated after allegedly taking police on a chase back in July, pleaded not guilty Monday.

According to the story in Newsday, Schroeder was indicted last week on charges of felony driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, fleeing from police, reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device. He is currently free on bail.

On Jul 25, Schroeder allegedly resisted arrest and fought with one of the officers who had chased him down after abandoning his vehicle, prompting a good Samaritan, who was nearby, to assist the officer in bringing Schroeder under control.

A short time later, three additional officers arrived and were able to restrain the Schroeder and take him into custody. However, during the struggle with police, Schroeder permanently lost sight in his right eye.

“They claim he resisted, but our position is that it was unnecessary use of force,” said William Petrillo, the attorney for Schroeder.

After the incident, police said Schroeder had three prior DWI convictions and was required to have an interlock device installed in his car, which he was supposed to breathe into before operating the vehicle. According to the same report in Newsday:

In 2008, Schroeder pleaded guilty to felony drunken driving charges in Suffolk County after fleeing police there.

According to 27East.com, Schroeder was a tenured Eastport South Manor High School social studies teacher and was suspended from his job in early September.

delete me December 06, 2011 at 05:43 PM
As the child of a parent who was handicapped by a drunk driver, I have zero sympathy for this guy. I do not understand why he is allowed to own a vehicle.
Dave Yolinsky December 06, 2011 at 06:12 PM
I'm sorry to hear this guy lost vision in his right eye, but it sounds like it was an appropriate use of force with an unfortunate outcome. Minus the medical bills I'm thinking he shouldn't get a dime. Instead he should do some time!
Richard "Keith" Stevens (Panama) December 06, 2011 at 06:48 PM
His "normal" vision will now be similar to what it was when he used to drive hammered...!! No sympathies from this corner either...!!
laocoon December 06, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Any independent assessment of this guy's maiming? Or do we just take the word of this one-horse-town's police department that the kid got what he deserved? This could by your kid.
Lloyd December 06, 2011 at 07:58 PM
It could NEVER be my kid, laocoon. I was a very good caring parent and my two kids grew up to be successful, law abiding, and intelligent adults. Maybe he could have been YOUR son.
Brendan December 06, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Lloyd December 06, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Im sorry. It still doesnt pertain to me or my kids Neither of them abuse drugs or alcohol, or even smoke. And neither do I, although I occasionally smoke cigarettes just to annoy those who try to ban them altogether. My kids are health conscious adults with too much common sense to risk life and career by abusing drugs or alcohol. Thats the way I raised them. Some parents just do a better job of it and set better examples than others.
Barry Gold December 07, 2011 at 05:00 AM
shut the heck up already!! like you or your kids have never driven annebriated before? Stop your nonsense already you sound like a buffoon.
Lloyd December 07, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Not everyone in this world drinks. My family is addicted to Diet Coke. Is there a problem with that?
paul.d.spellman December 07, 2011 at 02:21 PM
And furthermore Brendan: Like you and your kids were never pulled over and then drove away as the officer approached the car, drove recklessly through a residential area, ran from the cops after stopping and then fought with the police officer and resisted arrest I mean really....
tommyt December 07, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Barry your the bufoon on one blog its ok for a kid to get killed but here its seems your endorsing the behaviour of a guy who drives drunk and fights with the police.
Brendan December 07, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Paul - it is hilarious the spectrum of idiocy we have in this thread. We have one guy questioning whether someone trying to fight with a platoon of police officers deserves to get hurt and another who thinks his kids never get drunk. Everyone living in fantasy world.
paul.d.spellman December 07, 2011 at 03:05 PM
If they were any worse I would swear I could sell them a bridge....
Margaret December 08, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Tommy, I was just thinking the exact same thing! In this thread he makes it as though driving inebriated is normal and should be tolerated, yet says that a 24 yr old kid deserved getting killed in cold blood because he was taking bets... What's worse here Barry-- being a drunk driver and having no regard for your life and the lives of others on the road or a kid taking bets? Hmmmm I'd have to say drinking and driving is much worse... Do you love drunk drivers as you love murderers?


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