Court paperwork shows police chief accused of DUI tried to remove vehicle from the scene

MARYSVILLE, Pa (WHTM) – Court documents say Camp Hill Police Chief Doug Hockenberry, who is charged with DUI, tried to have his truck towed before police arrived on scene the night of his alleged alcohol-related crash.

On November 5, 2017, State Police say Hockenberry crashed into a tree and two mailboxes on Lambs Gap Road in Rye Township, Perry County. The criminal complaint says Hockenberry’s blood work shows his BAC was .178% – more than twice the legal limit.

The affidavit of probable cause says when State Police arrived at the scene, Hockenberry said he “did not know how [they] were notified of the crash, as he did not contact police himself.” He also said he called G.A. Smith Towing to have his truck towed from the scene.

A recent ABC27 investigation shows allegations of favoritism of G.A. Smith by Camp Hill Police Chief Doug Hockenberry and West Shore Regional Police Chief Mike Hope, with complaints from drivers that the relationship is costing them money and taking away their choices. Click here to read Camp Hill Borough’s response to that investigation.

State Police say G.A. Smith was not on scene right away when they got there, but arrived shortly after. State Police say if Hockenberry’s car had been towed before they arrived, the crash could have been considered a hit-and-run because there was property damage.

Hockenberry remains on leave as the Camp Hill Borough Council reviews the charges against him.

 

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