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On This Date (July 31) 1981-Police Officer Charles (Chip) Joseph Maltese Jr.

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On This Date (July 31) 1981-Police Officer Charles (Chip) Joseph Maltese Jr.
July 30, 2021 06:46PM
On This Date (July 31) 1981-Officer Charles (Chip) Joseph Maltese Jr.

On this date (July 31) 1981 a fiancee lost a future husband, his parents lost a son, his sister lost a brother and Dallas lost a Police Officer.

Police Officer Charles (Chip) Joseph Maltese Jr., age 23, was struck by an intoxicated driver as he set road flares at the scene of a fatal pedestrian hit and run accident, southbound on North Stemmons Freeway (Interstate Highway 35E) south of Motor Street.

The driver of the vehicle involved, Robert Byrne Brown, operating a 1972 Ford Pickup truck was taken into custody after he drove through the all ready set flares striking Officer Maltese, who was thrown 147 feet by the impact.

Mr. Brown, who had two previous Driving While Intoxicated Convictions, when tested disclosed a blood alcohol level of 0.25 per cent. He was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter.

Mr. Brown was indicted and upon conviction assessed a ten (10) year prison sentence, the maximum at that time.

May I add a tragic event involving Officer Maltese’s death. He was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital. His fiancee, an Emergency Room Nurse was on duty when he arrived and was one of the first to treat and evaluate Officer Maltese’s injuries. He was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

Dallas Police Officer Charles (Chip) Joseph Maltese Jr. is interred at Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/30/2021 09:31PM by DallasCop2566.
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