Law enforcement officer faces DUI, assault charges

A law enforcement officer has been suspended without pay after allegations of domestic violence assault against his girlfriend and drunk driving. He was released after paying a $25,000 bond. The allegations stem from an argument between the pair. Allegedly, the trooper drove home after they were drinking when the victim began hitting him.

Official court documents indicated the officer has been employed in law enforcement for nearly 15 years. The woman told police that the defendant struck her in the head and said he would kill her. He allegedly stopped the vehicle, and his girlfriend exited. She got on the ground, but the suspect kicked her.

The suspect confessed to drinking and taking a handgun out of the vehicle. However, he insists that he did so because the woman was hitting him, and he wanted to keep the weapon away from her. However, an independent witness told authorities he heard the defendant say he would shoot himself when he took the weapon out of the car.

The defendant's blood alcohol level registered at 0.2 percent, or more than twice the legal limit, according to the authorities. Pennsylvania legislation has set the maximum blood alcohol level at 0.08 percent.

Driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor is a serious charge for anyone but especially for someone who works in the law enforcement field. A conviction can lead to permanent job loss. A criminal defense attorney who handles these types of cases may attempt to negotiate reduced charges for those accused of crimes.

Source: York Dispatch, "Pa. trooper suspended for DUI, assault charges," Lisa Evans Scolforo, Dec. 18, 2012

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