Prosecutors and support staff assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Bureau investigate and prosecute felony charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The Vehicular Crimes Bureau, led by Chief Kelley A. Omel, handles most Vehicular Assaults, Vehicular Manslaughters and Leaving the Scene of Accident(s) Involving Death or Serious Physical Injury. Misdemeanor level impaired driving offenses are generally prosecuted in the local courts by prosecutors assigned to the City Court and Justice Courts Bureaus.
Most of the offenses prosecuted by the Vehicular Crimes Bureau occur during the late night or early morning hours. It is critical that the initial investigation is conducted both quickly and correctly, lest critical evidence be lost. Accordingly, the Bureau Chief, in addition to caseload and supervisory duties, is also on call 24 hours per day, seven days per week in order to assist law enforcement with obtaining warrants for evidence as well as assuring that accident reconstruction is completed before vehicles are moved.