Testimony: Former Assistant DA Had Multiple Drinks Before Hit-and-Run

The trial of Michael J. Donohue began Tuesday.

MEDIA–According to his testimony from the first day of his trial, former Delaware County assistant district attorney Michael J. Donohue drank as many as nine beers before he allegedly ran down a teenager on Township Line Road last November, The Delaware County Daily Times is reporting.

Christine Bair, who was Donohue’s server at Sligo, the Media bar he spent several hours at on the November 4, 2011 night of the accident, was among those who testified on Tuesday.

She told Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan that Donohue opened two tabs between 4:23 p.m. and 8:19 p.m. Nine 20-ounce Guinnesses, three other beers, and a handful of other drinks were put on the tabs, according to the receipts.

Bair said assistant district attorney James Halligan and Pennsylvania State Police trooper Michael McKeon each had one of the drinks.

Though none of the witnesses said Donohue appeared impaired that night, after leaving the bar he hit a Haverford High School student near the intersection of Township Line Road and Bryan Street at approximately 10:25 p.m. and fled the scene.

The 14-year-old boy suffered a broken hip and internal and head injuries, but was conscious when police got to the scene. The boy was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Donohue, a resident of the 800 block of Darby Road in Havertown, was arrested 10 days after the accident and charged with aggravated and simple assault, aggravated assault while driving under the influence, failing to stop and render aid, and DUI.

Patch will provide updates as his trial continues.

Concerned Citizen November 15, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Bradford J. Crompton November 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Preferential treatment abounds anytime anybody in "law enforcement" breaks the law. Ten days to make an arrest and I would wager he did little if any time behind bars and was released with little or no bail. A year to get to trial. Keep your eyes peeled for a plea bargain and a slap on the wrist folks. Even if found guilty he will get the very minimum whil John Q. Citizen would get the maximum and most likely have been in jail awaiting trial.
MarpleResident November 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
“aggravated and simple assault, aggravated assault while driving under the influence, failing to stop and render aid, and DUI.” Why not attempted murder? Another dirtball "law enforcement", "attorney" or "Judge" breaking the law getting just a slap on the wrist. Michael J. Donohue is the perfect example of everything wrong with this world. I am sure he will be back practicing law somewhere in the US in no time. I pray for the victim and his family.
JDBroomall November 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM
So it sounds like the lesson here is if you happen to drive drunk and hit someone, the best course of action is to flee until you sober up. Gotcha, thanks


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