DiTrapano's wife, son arrested

By Chris Dickerson | May 8, 2006

Teri DiTrapano

Dante DiTrapano

CHARLESTON – The wife and son of embattled Charleston attorney Dante DiTrapano both were arrested over the weekend by State Police.

Teri DiTrapano and son Zachary were arrested on misdemeanor charges after State Troopers responded to a call early Sunday morning in Charleston's South Hills section.

Zachary DiTrapano was charged with underage drinking, according a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court. Teri DiTrapano was arrested for obstructing a police officer after she arrived at the scene.

The incident occurred at a home on Turley Road, but it is unclear who resides there. The DiTrapanos have a home on Johnson Road, also in South Hills.

The complaint states Trooper A.D. Nichols noticed alcohol on the breath of 18-year-old Zachary DiTrapano, who became "arrogant and defiant" when asked to take a Breathalyzer test. DiTrapano's test measured a 0.065 alcohol level, the complaint says.

Teri DiTrapano apparently arrived at the scene shortly thereafter and was told her son was under arrest. She reportedly became "loud and agitated" when the officer asked her to leave. When she refused, she was placed under arrest as well, the complaint states. She jerked her arms away as the officer tried to handcuff her, the complaint states.

Both were arraigned and freed after posting bond later Sunday.

Last month, federal, state and local agents confiscated guns, ammunition, prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and other personal items during a six-hour search of the DiTrapano home.

More than 15 members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Metro Drug Unit, Charleston Police Department and the State Police took part in the search April 6 at DiTrapano's home at 1340 Johnson Road in the South Hills section of Charleston.

Officers seized three crack cocaine pipes, a piece of something they suspect is crack cocaine, a plastic bag of off-white chunks and residue and several items with white residue, including two metal spoons, a knife, a screwdriver and a laptop computer.

Agents also found miscellaneous white particles in the rug in the master bedroom and a ratchet with a Chor-Boy inside the end. A ratchet pipe with a Chor-Boy, which is steel wood pad, essentially is a homemade crack pipe, according to authorities.

Also confiscated were three 9 mm pistols, two .32 magnum revolvers, a .380 pistol, a .35 revolver, several boxes of ammo and gun boxes.

Other items taken were a phone bill, a handwritten letter and a blue diary of Teri DiTrapano, Dante DiTrapano's wife. The diary was dated Feb. 3, 2006. The last entry was dated April 4.

Dante and Teri DiTrapano were arrested March 14 at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Hilton Hotel and charged with possession of crack cocaine. Both of them were released on bond from Pinellas County Jail.

The couple, as well as three individuals from the area, also were arrested for possession and a variety of other charges.

Officials said there were 73 pieces of crack cocaine and 21 grams of powder cocaine in the room when the arrests occurred. Dante DiTrapano told officers he and the others were having one last party before he entered a drug rehab facility there.

Teri DiTrapano had a $5,000 bond posted for her by a bondsman on March 16. Dante DiTrapano had his $5,000 bond posted March 17 on the condition that he be taken for treatment. He was released to HealthCare Connections of Tampa.

The media release from the St. Petersburg Police Department said DiTrapano created a disturbance at his room, prompting the management to call police. Officers located the illegal drugs when they arrived at the rooms to investigate the call.

DiTrapano was arrested again March 26 in Pinellas County, Fla., on a warrant for failing to appear at a motion hearing in connection with the crack cocaine charges. DiTrapano was in the intensive care unit of a Tampa hospital late in March.

DiTrapano, who represents NFL giant and Rand native Randy Moss, is a partner in the law firm of DiTrapano, Barrett and DiPiero. However, DiTrapano's name has been taken off a sign outside the law firm's downtown office and his biography and information has been removed from the firm's Web site.

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