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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, CIVIL DIVISION Plaintiff, No. 2378 CL 96 vs. Summary Appeal JANOS DOHANICS Hearing Date: January 27, 1997 Defendant. Reported by: John Andrejcik Official Court Reporter Trial Judge: Hon. J. Warren Watson COUNSEL OF RECORD: For the Commonwealth: Nicole Ciafre, Esq. For the Defendant: Pro Se COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COMPUTER-AIDED TRANSCRIPTION 2 - - - - - - - - - - - (Morning session, January 27, 1997.) THE CLERK: CL No. 2378, Jonas Dohanics. MS. CIAFRE: The Commonwealth would call Officer Rick. SCOTT J. RICK, a witness called on behalf of the Commonwealth, having been previously duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows: DIRECT EXAMINATION BY MS. CIAFRE: Q Officer, can you state your name and spell your last name for the court reporter? A Scott J. Rick, R-i-c-k. Q How are you employed, sir? A By the Pine/Marshall/Bradford Woods Police at the present time. Q On 10/11 of 1996 did you issue Citation No. A, as in apple, 0144875-3? A Yes, I did. Q To whom did you issue that Citation? A To the gentleman next to you, Mr. Dohanics, in the gray suit. Q Why did you issue him that Citation? A On the date of the violation, October 11, 1996, 3:00 COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COMPUTER-AIDED TRANSCRIPTION 3 o'clock, I was monitoring through Fort Pride, Whistling Plains address when I had the occasion to observe a 1991 Toyota sedan, gray in color, go across my two references which were two painted white lines, at an average speed of 66 in a 35 mile-an-hour zone. Q And how is it that you ascertained his speed, using which device? A Vascar-Plus. Q Do you have the certification for that device in court with you today, Officer? A Yes, I do. Q Does it, indeed, indicate the date it was certified on? A On October 21. Q Of 1996? A Yes. Q At which testing station? A Station EM-2? MS. CIAFRE: I'd offer the certification for the Vascar unit as Commonwealth Exhibit 1, Your Honor. THE COURT: Admitted. BY MS. CIAFRE: Q And you also have in court with you today, Officer, a certificate of your proficiency in operating the Vascar device? COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COMPUTER-AIDED TRANSCRIPTION 4 A Yes, I do. MS. CIAFRE: I'd offer that as Exhibit 2, Your Honor. THE COURT: Admitted . BY MS. CIAFRE: Q And this was in Allegheny County? A Yes, it was. MS. CIAFRE: I have nothing further. Open for cross-examination. THE COURT: You may ask questions if you wish. THE DEFENDANT: Yes. Let me ask, how far - THE COURT: What is your name? THE DEFENDANT: My name is Janos, J-a-n-o-s, last name is spelled D-o-h-a-n-i-c-s. THE COURT: You're the Respondent here, okay. Go ahead. You can ask the officer questions. Keep your voice up so we can all hear. THE DEFENDANT: Yes, sir. THE COURT: If you wish. You don't have to. THE DEFENDANT: Thank you. CROSS-EXAMINATION BY THE DEFENDANT: Q May I ask, Officer, how long have you been a police officer? COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COMPUTER-AIDED TRANSCRIPTION
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