Tompkins deputy accused of falsifying reports

The incident involves forged information related to a motor vehicle accident that happened last year.

Ithaca attorney Russell E. Maines announced on Tuesday morning that he had filed court papers alleging that Deputy Matthew E. Skeval made false statements and “knowing filed a false report in a criminal investigation in June 2016,” according to the Ithaca Voice.

Jennifer Rivera was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two after the June 24th incident, which left her two children hospitalized.

Those involved, including Rivera, her child, and other witnesses say she was not intoxicated or under the influence of anything.

The Ithaca Voice report also indicates that a breathalyzer test was never administered.

More from the Voice report:

“Major inconsistencies come up in reports to DSS between Skeval and other witnesses. According to documents, Skeval told DSS that he administered a breathalyzer test upon Rivera which resulted in a 1.36 BAC level. Jacqueline Martinez-Williams, who had been with Rivera shortly before the accident, allegedly told Skeval that Rivera was an alcoholic. However, the DSS investigator said Martinez-Williams reported the opposite; that Rivera is responsible with alcohol. Martinez-Williams later confirmed that she had never stated Rivera was an alcoholic and added that she had never been interviewed by Skeval at the hospital.”

To make matters more confusing – the 13-year-old daughter of Rivera, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle – noted that the accident was caused by brake failure.

The EMT suggested that the 13-year-old indicated that Rivera had been drinking and driving.

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