A Georgia doctor presented as an expert witness in field sobriety tests has been charged with perjury and false statements in three DUI cases in Lancaster and Lebanon counties.
Dr. Joseph Citron, 68, of Atlanta, faces similar charges in Dauphin, Centre and Clinton counties where he presented the same testimony regarding his qualifications, prosecutors said Friday.
Citron, when asked about his qualifications and training while under
oath during a March 2012 trial in Lancaster County, told the court he
had been invited to join the faculty of the Georgia Public Safety
Training Center and had trained police officers in the area of
standardized field sobriety testing for approximately 10 years, District Attorney Craig Stedman
Citron also testified that in 2000, the governor of
Georgia asked him to join a program called "Drunk Busters" in which he
went around the state and reviewed field sobriety testing with police
Stedman said an investigation by Lancaster County
detectives, with the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,
found that Citron was never invited to join the training center's
faculty and was never used to teach sobriety testing to police, but was a
guest lecturer who spoke about eye injuries during a first responder
course at the center's fire academy.
Additionally, after the
Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the state's DUI task
force told investigators they had never heard of "Drunk Busters,"
Citron admitted that the governor never asked him to be part of a drunk
driving program, prosecutors said.
Lancaster County prosecutors charged Citron with two felony counts of perjury, each punishable by up to seven years in prison, in addition to two misdemeanor counts of false swearing and one count of unsworn falsification, each punishable by up to two years in prison.
In Lebanon County, he was charged with two counts each of perjury and false swearing related to testimony he gave during DUI trials in March 2010 and June 2012.