Monday, October 20, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Judge stops State Rep. Cherelle Parker's drunk-driving appeal

Judge's ruling ends Parker's appeal bid.

Judge stops State Rep. Cherelle Parker's drunk-driving appeal

State Rep. Cherelle Parker
State Rep. Cherelle Parker Courtesy of Rep. Cherelle Parker's office

State Rep. Cherelle Parker was dealt a setback in her bid to have her drunken-driving conviction overturned, now that a judge has affirmed the conviction.

A Chester County judge sitting as an appellate judge in Philadelphia for the case affirmed her conviction last month. Attorneys received the ruling yesterday.

Defense attorney Joseph Kelly said he will appeal to state Superior Court. During that process, he said, the stay of Parker's sentence would continue. It includes three days in jail, a $1,000 fine, having to attend driver-safety class and the suspension of her license for a year.

Parker, 41, was arrested just after midnight April 30, 2011, after police said she drove drunk the wrong way down a one-way street in Germantown. The Northwest Democrat maintains that she was not drunk and didn't drive the wrong way, Kelly said.

In late 2011, Philadelphia Municipal Judge Charles Hayden threw the case out, but in January 2012, Common Pleas Judge Paula A. Patrick reversed Hayden's ruling after she found that he had abused his discretion. It turned out that Parker and Hayden were Facebook friends. A Montgomery County judge found Parker guilty at trial a year later.

- Mensah M. Dean

About this blog

Philly Confidential, which covers crime in Philadelphia and the suburbs, is written by Daily News staffers Dana DiFilippo, Stephanie Farr, Vinny Vella and Morgan Zalot.

E-mail tips to DiFilippo at difilid@phillynews.com and follow her on Twitter here.

E-mail tips to Farr at farrs@phillynews.com and follow her on Twitter here.

E-mail tips to Vella at vellav@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter here.

E-mail tips to Zalot at zalotm@phillynews.com and follow her on Twitter here.

The Philly Confidential team
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected
Topics: