Monday night, the star witness against decorated Bethlehem police officer Richard Hoffman was a bar bouncer who had every reason to be angry at police. You see, he's had issues with various police departments over the years. In fact, at the time of his supposed altercation, bouncer Scott Hunsicker was under house arrest for a second offense DUI. Judge Leonard Zito had imposed a seven-day jail sentence, 23-days in work release and another 60 days of house arrest with electronic monitoring.
In 2008, Hunsicker pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges filed in Monroe County. According to The Pocono Record, he was charged with "Underage Drinking and Disorderly Conduct after he was found to be in possession of alcohol and drug paraphernalia on Analomink Street, East Stroudsburg."
One year later, he graduated to drunk driving. He was placed on accelerated rehabilitative disposition, a special program for first offenders. For some reason, he apparently lost ARD status and pleaded to first offense drunk driving.
In Northampton County, Hunsicker was pulled over by state police in 2009 for going 16 mph above the speed limit. The following year, he beat his 2009 record by going 19 mph above the posted 65 mph speed limit.
This person seemed quite pleased with himself and was called "quite heroic." I have to wonder whether he would have received that accolade had his past been known and disclosed. In fact, I wonder whether Solicitor Bill Leeson would have asked him to testify.