BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A nurse from a hospital located in Luzerne County stands on trial after being accused of showing off drunk at work. The nurse was found guilty for being drunk on duty, but, fortunately, no accidents occurred.
A jury of magistrates from Luzerne County found Richard Pieri guilty on several accounts including reckless endangerment, public drunkenness and driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the court’s documents, Richard Pieri is a registered male nurse working at the Wilkes-Barre veteran’s hospital.
And according to the police’s deportation, the 59-year old male nurse, got paged in on the 4th of February. Pieri was on call that night, and the hospital paged him in order to assist one of the surgeons to perform a surgical intervention.
Now, as the deportation goes on, after being paged by the hospital, Pieri literally stumbled into the veteran’s hospital. According to several witness, who have seen Pieri that evening, the man was so intoxicated that he wasn’t able to enter his password into the computer. Moreover, after several failed attempts he was able to log in.
The police also mention that in his intoxicated state, Pieri was unable to register the correct timestamps for the beginning and the end of the operation. Richard Pieri was also in charge of prepping the patients for surgery and for monitoring his vital signs during the intervention.
We are unable to speculate on the nature of the surgical intervention, but we do know from the police’s deportation that the patient supervised by Pieri was admitted the second time that week due to abdominal pains.
After seeing that Pieri was drunk, the hospital managed decided to call in the police. When the police arrive at the scene, they immediately began to question the male nurse about his state.
According to the investigators who arrived at the hospital, it would seem that the male nurse from Drums, decided to go to the Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino at around 5 p.m. Pieri also added that until he was page, which happened at around 10:30, he played some slots and consumed 4 or 5 bottles of beer.
Moreover, the male nurse also declared that he totally forgot that he was on call that night, but he remembered when his pager began to ring.
According to the court’s documents, Pieri did not solicit the help of an attorney for his trial. Besides the official police investigation, William Klaips, the manager of the VA Care Center declared that the hospital has begun its own investigation. Klaips also used this opportunity to say that there were no incidents during Pieri’s shift and that he is doing everything in his power in order to sort out this problem.
A nurse was found guilty for being drunk on duty after he literally stumbled into the operation room.