Philadelphia Man Draws Prison Term In Bribery Case

Posted: September 27, 1990

A Philadelphia man who said that he regularly bribed Philadelphia police to keep them from arresting him has been sentenced to 3 to 23 months in Bucks County Prison for trying to bribe two Warminster Police.

Steven Slutsky, 29, of the 1100 block of Surrey Place, was arrested March 9 on Bristol Road after he drove through a red traffic light at Jacksonville Road, court records show. Inside his car, police found two large bags containing about 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana and numerous small bags of cocaine.

Police took Slutsky to Warminster General Hospital to test his blood and urine for alcohol and drugs. There, Slutsky offered to give two Warminster police officers between $100 and $500 each if they did not press charges and returned the "stash" of drugs he had in the car.

"He stated it was common practice for him to be stopped by police in Philadelphia and allowed to continue on his way by giving the officers $100," Officer Michael Baxter wrote in a police report based on Slutsky's statements to him. "Slutsky said he couldn't believe we were charging him with bribery since his offers of money were sincere."

Slutsky pleaded guilty Monday to charges of bribery, possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine and marijuana, according to court records.

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A $25 fine has been levied against a Morrisville man who fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck and drove off the road, striking and fatally injuring a Glassboro teenager who had been walking on the shoulder of the road.

Christopher H. Robinson, 28, of Makefield Road, pleaded guilty Monday to the summary offense of failing to stay on a marked roadway and was fined by Bucks County Judge Kenneth G. Biehn, according to court records.

Assistant District Attorney John B. Kalinkos dropped the charges of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter that were filed against Robinson after the incident, which occurred at 6:32 a.m. on June 16.

The pedestrian, Carmen Ruiz, 18, of Glassboro, died at 1:15 p.m. that day at St. Mary Hospital, Middletown Township. Her death was caused by injuries

from the accident, according to court records.

"This was a case that we could not prove," Kalinkos said of the vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter charges. "The victim here was walking a little more than a foot from the white line on a foggy morning at dawn, dressed in black and brown."

He added that Robinson was not under the influence of alcohol, and he immediately called police after he struck Ruiz.

"Criminal negligence is a very difficult standared to meet," Kalinkos said. "Falling asleep at the wheel doesn't cut it."

According to court records, Ruiz was walking on the shoulder of West Trenton Avenue, near Stevens Road, in Morrisville, and was struck by Robinson's 1982 Ford pickup truck after he fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road.

A Philadelphia man who led police on a high-speed chase down Interstate 95, after they spotted him stealing a television set from a Bensalem appliance store, has been sentenced to two to four years in prison.

James Duffy, 23, of the 3600 block of Jasper Street, broke through a window at American Appliance on Street Road around 12:24 a.m. March 24 and was spotted by police as he was carrying a television set from the building to his car, court records show.

Police followed him on Street Road and tried unsuccessfully to pull his car over. Police continued to follow Duffy on Interstate 95, where he tried to run two police cars off the road, according to Assistant District Attorney Glenn A. Parno.

Duffy finally crashed his car after pulling off I-95 onto Tacony Avenue, according to court records. There, he was arrested along with another man, John Collins, who also took part in the burglary.

Duffy was on probation at the time of the incident for a burglary in Philadelphia, Parno said.

Duffy pleaded guilty Monday to charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering others and resisting arrest. He was sentenced by Judge Kenneth G. Biehn.

Collins, 38, of the 1900 block of East Pacific Street, Philadelphia, pleaded guilty in August to burglary charges stemming from the incident and was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in state prison.

A Trenton man who set fire to the car of his estranged wife while she was living in Middletown Township has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $206 in restitution to his wife.

Stephen G. Link Jr., 39, of the 100 block of Homecrest Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of causing a catastrophe and recklessly endangering another, court records show.

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