OLEAN - An Olean police patrolman charged with driving while intoxicated following an off-duty motor vehicle accident Friday has been relieved of his duties pending the outcome of his court case.
Patrolman Thomas Deckman, 43, of Olean was arrested by Olean Police Friday at 10:20 p.m. after a pickup truck driven by Deckman struck a sport utility vehicle driven by Ridge C. Potter, 19, of Wellsville on North Union Street near Main Street. No injuries were reported. Deckman is charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and moving from a lane unsafely.
Mayor David Carucci sent the Times Herald a statement Monday after meeting with Police Chief Terry Schnell and City Attorney Daniel DeRose to discuss the incident.
"Patrolman Deckman has been relieved of his duties and is using his earned leave pending resolution of the matter," the mayor wrote.
The Times Herald contacted Deckman at home Saturday and he declined to comment on his arrest. He's due in Olean City Court on July 8 to answer the charges.
The DWI is Deckman's second in four years. The accident Friday occurred four years to the day from an accident on June 20, 2004, at the intersection of Front Street and Prospect Avenue. Deckman was charged with DWI in 2004 after a vehicle he was driving was in an accident with two other vehicles at Front and Prospect.
He doesn't face felony DWI charges now because his earlier DWI was reduced to driving while ability impaired.