Wilkes-Barre City DPW (Department of Public Works) employee Matthew Scott, 31, of Wilkes-Barre currently has an ignition interlock PennDOT requirement for his personal vehicle, but was reportedly seen driving a city-owned DPW truck as pictured, parked in front of his Laurel Street home. In addition the Independent Gazette has learned that Scott has, over the past several years, been seen transporting minors who also work for the city as part of the summer jobs program to and from city parks, without the knowledge or consent of the parents of those minors.
The Gazette spoke with several employees of the summer jobs program who asked not to be identified, fearing retaliation, who said they know Scott as “Snake” (a nickname that Scott is apparently known by in and around the DPW), and that they have indeed been picked up by “Snake” and taken from one assignment to another.
First DUI July 7, 2009
Trooper Molecavage of the Pennsylvania State Police, Shickshinny, cited Scott for Turning Movements and Required Signals, Failure to Stop at Red Signal, Exceeding 55 MPH In Other Loc By 15 MPH, and DUI: High Rate of Alcohol (BAC 0.10–0.16) 1st Offense
Second DUI September 12, 2010
Trooper Buzink of the Pennsylvania State Police, Wyoming, cited Scott for Turning Movements And Required Signals, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, and DUI: Highest Rate of Alcohol (BAC 0.16+) 2nd Offense
Scott pled guilty in 2011 to his second DUI, at which time he was sentenced to house arrest and is currently required by the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles to utilize the Ignition Interlock System commonly known as a breathalyzer.
According to Jan T McKnight, Community Relations Coordinator at PennDOT, an individual who holds an ignition interlock license and is required to drive an employer-owned vehicle for employment purposes may have their employer complete a DL-3805 form (Ignition Interlock Employment Exemption Affidavit). The Employment Exemption Affidavit allows the individual to operate an employer-owned vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock system for employment purposes.
The Employment Exemption Affidavit cannot be used to drive a school bus, school vehicle, or a vehicle designed to transport more than 15 passengers; an employer-owned motor vehicle owned by an entity which is wholly or partially owned by the person holding the ignition interlock license, or an employer-owned vehicle which is made available to the employee for personal use. The Employment Exemption Affidavit must be completed in its entirety and must be in the driver’s possession while operating an employer-owned vehicle not equipped with ignition interlock. Failure to possess the affidavit will result in the individual being cited for driving without an ignition interlock.
The Gazette contacted city spokesperson Liza Prokop attempting to confirm whether or not the DL-3805 was completed by the city for Scott, only to be told, “The City of Wilkes-Barre does not disclose personnel matters or information.”