An out-of-state cop is facing serious charges in Hazelton, according to local sources. The officer, who works in Morris County, was arrested by Pennsylvania authorities under suspicion of drunk driving the night of June 16. He is currently suspended without pay and awaiting trial, though a formal date has not yet been set.
According to the accident report, the officer was seen driving erratically around 8 p.m. the night of his arrest. He was driving an SUV and apparently smashed into several vehicles, including two which were occupied at the time of the accident. Other vehicles involved in the crash were apparently parked and unoccupied.
The SUV was blocked in by local and state police, and the 45-year-old off-duty officer was taken into custody by officers on the scene. He now stands charged with a myriad of offenses, including resisting arrest, DUI and reckless driving. He was taken to a local holding facility, and it is unclear whether he is still in police custody as of this report.
A drunk driving charge is a serious allegation against any individual, but most especially toward an officer of the law whose future career could be seriously impacted by the outcome of the case. Pennsylvania authorities are always under the burden of proof in such cases. A failure to adhere to proper police procedures when it comes to evidence in this case could prompt counsel for the defendant to seek a court order limiting or excluding certain evidence from the trial. If accomplished, the formal charges could be reduced or even dismissed.
Source: nj.com, "N.J. cop charged with DUI, resisting arrest in Pennsylvania", Paul Milo, June 17, 2016