NORRISTOWN, Pa.-A man charged in connection with the March 13 tire fire in Philadelphia has admitted violating probation in another case involving scrap tires. Daniel Carr, of Chalfont, Pa., was sentenced April 12 in Montgomery County (Pa.) Circuit Court to serve 75 days in county jail for the probation violation, and he has agreed to disassociate himself from his scrap tire business, Tire Technology of Quakertown, Pa., no later than Sept. 14.
Mr. Carr had been placed on probation for two years and fined $1,500 last year after pleading guilty to forging a scrap tire storage permit. For violating probation, Mr. Carr could have served up to five years in jail, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.
This plea bargain does not end Mr. Carr's legal troubles. He and three other men-his son-in-law, Gerald Laarz, and Tire Technology employees David Mitchell and Edward Dyson-face charges of risking a catastrophe, creating a public nuisance and other offenses related to allegedly dumping tires at the Philadelphia Tire Disposal site in Philadelphia.
A subsequent fire at the site caused as much as $3 million in damage to an overpass of Interstate 95 above the tire dumping site. Officials estimate it will take at least six months to repair the overpass. Fire investigators determined arson as the cause, but no suspect has yet been arrested.
Mr. Carr also goes to court May 13 in Bucks County on contempt charges for disobeying a 1993 court order to clear all the tires from the 91-acre Tire Technology site in Richmond Township, Pa.