Chief Deputy Tony Siedl, Drunk Driver

by Staff on March 14, 2007 · 18 comments

in Local

A few moments ago, I was reading a story in the Times-Mail about an 18-year-old Mitchell kid driving like an idiot through Mitchell, while the Lawrence County Police were chasing him.

That’s good enough to earn him a spot here on the web site, but what caught my attention was the last paragraph:

England was assisted at the scene by LCPD Officer Tim Butcher, Detective Mike Branham, Capt. Jerome Hettle, Chief Deputy Tony Siedl and Mitchell Police Department Assistant Chief Troy Lobosky.

Chief Deputy Tony Siedl? I know that name, but where from?

Oh, yes, that’s it. Tony Siedl is from Bedford and he’s a former FBI agent. Not just *any* FBI agent, however.

Lawrence County Chief Deputy Tony Siedl, whom Sheriff Sam Craig appointed during his first day in office, is the former FBI agent who was drunk on his way home from former FBI agent Gary Dunn’s retirement party in January 2003 and crashed his government-owned vehicle on Highway 446.

Siedl had left Terry’s banquet hall, behind the old Ivy Tech campus, on Canterbury Court, drove over to the east side of Bloomington and made it all the way past the causeway of Lake Monroe before his drunk ass (0.13 blood alcohol content) managed to crash into guardrails on both sides of the highway.

It took until August 2003 before charges were even filed. In April 2004, Siedl “pleaded guilty to a less serious misdemeanor charge”. He got six months of probation out of the deal. The FBI, however, refused to comment on any internal disciplinary actions that may (or may not) have been taken.

Just goes to show that while we all know there are certain officers on the Mitchell Police Department who aren’t on the up and up, the new Sheriff Sam Craig has no problems hiring one of ‘em to be his Chief Deputy.

10 comments
jl
jl

You can be a good person and still make dumb mistakes like Siedl did. People do it everyday. But if you are a cop or an FBI agent shouldnt you know better than the average person NOT to drink and drive?

Greg
Greg

Read through these comments and seem to be some folks just don't have all the facts and have their own agendas. Tony is a great man, I met him first in Fall of 2006 and had no clue of his history as an FBI agent. I have found him to be first a great human being, wonderful father, great role-model for the kids he has coached at the Boy's Club and an honest man...oh and btw...a pretty good cop too. Thanks for serving Lawrence County Mr. Siedl

jeremy
jeremy

@anon: Excellent, that's good to hear.

anon
anon

I am a county employee and have never seen anything out of Tony except the utmost respect, to co-workers as well as inmates, and dedication to his job. He is very professional, friendly, and one of the most humble law enforcement officers I have ever met. "Let those without sin cast the first stone." Yes, we do expect more out of our law enforcement officers but they are only human and I'm sure he's paid the price for his mistakes.

admin
admin

Facts? Here's the facts: In January 2003, there was a retirement party for Special Agent Gary Dunn at Terry's banquet hall here in Bloomington. Tony Siedl was employed by the FBI. Tony Siedl was drinking at that retirement party. Tony Siedl got into a government-owned vehicle to drive home. While driving down Highway 446 en route to Bedford, Tony Siedl crashed into guardrails on both sides of the highway. Tony Siedl registered a 0.13 BAC. How's that for facts? -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

admin
admin

Not a very good drunk driver, though, is he? -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

admin
admin

I'm sure they all are. It's bad that ordinary citizens can't speak the truth without being harassed for it, but it's what I've come to expect from this county. Months ago when I was in Mitchell, I ran into one of the police officers at one of the gas stations and spoke to him for about an hour and a half (I'm being intentionally vague here -- I'm not mentioning dates/times/locations in order to keep the others from figuring out who it was). One of the things I told him was that if I ever get in trouble in Mitchell again that I believe it will be because I run into Phelix and he plants something and then miraculously "finds" it on me. I asked the officer I was speaking to if he thought that was possible and he just nodded and his head. It's pretty bad that I have to attempt to "stay low" when I come into town to visit my grandmother for fear of running into Phelix. He already tried to get me fired from my job, it's hard telling what else he would do. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

admin
admin

I have to admit that I don't know him, so I can't speak to his honesty or integrity. I hope that you're right when you say that he'll be the best thing for LCPD since Hawkins left, but that's something that will have to be seen to be believed. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

tccox
tccox

Did not know 1st comment was there. Sorry about that. Cant spell worth a dime, cheif should be chief. Tony is aware about what is going on in Mitchell and will be watching out for you know who.

tccox
tccox

I have worked with Tony on many occations and found him to be one of the most honest and considerate policeman that I have been around. Yes Tony did make a mistake. Tony paid dearly for his mistake, within the FBI and within the community. Tony will be the best thing to assist the LCPD since Hawkins left, bring honesty, integrity and reason to the department. If you dont beleive this, then you dont know Tony. Remember, the last man that didnt make a mistake arose from death and we worship him now.

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