Police chief charged with DUI

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The chief of a Perry County police department has been charged with drunken driving.

Richard L. Pickles, chief of the Penn Township Police Department, is facing counts of DUI and a summary offense of duties at stop sign, according to court documents.

Charging papers filed before a district judge Thursday indicate that Pickles was stopped by Susquehanna Township police on June 27 after he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Parkway Boulevard and Boas Street.

He was suspected of driving drunk and was given a blood test, and results returned last week determined his blood-alcohol level was .082 percent, according to the documents. Pennsylvania's legal limit is .08 percent.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for September 5.

Pickles has been chief of police in Penn Township since January 2012.

Prior to that, he was a Harrisburg police detective and a captain, and was chief of the city police for about a month before he retired from the bureau in January 2010.


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