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On duty trooper charged with DUI

Published July 16. 2012 05:01PM

A Tamaqua man, a member of the Pennsylvania state police, has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) while on duty.

Trooper Kevin D. Wackley, 47, has been charged from an incident that occurred on Thursday, July 12.

Wackley has been suspended. He is stationed at the Hamburg barracks, whose troopers made the arrest, and is a 19-year veteran of the force.

According to Sgt. Robert Wagner, commander of the Hamburg barracks, troopers received a tip Thursday that Wackley was possibly intoxicated. The tip came from Tilden Township police who had briefly spoken with Wackley.

Troopers used their GPS tracking device system to locate Wackley's marked patrol car, which was on Old Route 22 in Windsor Township. Wackley was radioed by barracks personnel to pull into a parking lot near Reservoir Road and wait for them. Wackley complied with the instructions.

Troopers arrived on scene and found Wackley to be under the influence and took him into custody. Wagner said Wackley's blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit of .08 percent, but did not give a test result. Wackley was later released.

Wagner said Wackley will receive a summons by mail charging him with DUI. He also said troopers will determine whether administrative charges should be brought against Wackley.

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