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Pa. Trooper Suspended After DUI, Assault on Girlfriend

A Pennsylvania state trooper is facing charges involving DUI after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, reports The Associated Press.

State Trooper Patrick Kelly of the Loganville barracks remains suspended without pay for the alleged assault last month, The York Dispatch reports.

His other charges include making terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. The incident happened Nov. 4 when Kelly was with his girlfriend Lisa Stroule. They'd both been drinking in Harrisburg and got into a fight on the drive home.

The fight began as an argument and escalated into a fistfight. According to the charging documents (as reported in The York Dispatch), Stroule punched Kelly first. Kelly then hit her in the head several times and threatened to kill her.

He also ordered her out of the car, kicking her as she lay on the ground.

A neighbor witnessed the incident and saw Kelly reach for his handgun, although it was unclear whether he planned to shoot Stroule.

When officers arrived at the scene, Kelly's blood alcohol content was found to be 0.2 percent. That's more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania, which is 0.08 percent.

Police officers typically aren't fired at the first sign of a potential crime. Protocol usually calls for them to be suspended as an investigation takes place.

If an officer is found guilty, it's very possible that the officer could be let go from the force. But police departments aren't rash with taking such action.

Kelly was arraigned and released on a $25,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 15.

What was the drunken argument about? Apparently, the couple was arguing about some Facebook posts, Harrisburg's Fox43 reports.

Go figure.

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