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Prosecutors actions questioned in traffic stop incident

January 18, 2018 News Extra

Terri Schultz, assistant district attorney, allegedly invoked her position and asked Butler police officers not to prosecute her boyfriend during a traffic stop in November.

No criminal charges have been filed and Schultz is not under internal investigation after the incident, officials said.

“I'm sorry to the police for my actions that night,” Schultz said in a statement Friday. “I have already apologized to them.”

Bryan K. Fundark, 45, of Jefferson Township was allegedly driving a car that was pulled over by city officers at 11:52 p.m. Nov. 30 on North Main Street for swerving and driving with its lights off, according to the affidavit of probable cause in his arrest.

Schultz was a passenger in the car, according to internal police documents obtained by the Butler Eagle.

Officers Caleb Forsythe, Kory Fleming and Sgt. Ben Spangler were present and filed internal reports, including a narrative of the call.

According to Spangler's report, Schultz exited the vehicle after they pulled over on Dingham Road and was visibly intoxicated.

She said that she was going to call District Attorney Richard Goldinger and stated that “she would get this taken care of,” according to the report.

In their reports, both Fleming and Forsythe also wrote that Schultz was intoxicated and had called Goldinger from the scene, saying that he would “take care of” or “handle” the situation.

After being told she was in no condition to drive, she allegedly mocked officers and screamed “arrest me,” Spangler's report said.

For more about this story, read Sunday's Butler Eagle.