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Police chief gets ARD, probation in DUI case

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Richard Pickles was chief of Harrisburg police in December 2009 Richard Pickles was chief of Harrisburg police in December 2009
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Perry County police chief charged with drunken driving near Harrisburg last summer has been accepted into an ARD probationary program for first time DUI offenders.

Richard L. Pickles, chief of the Penn Township Police Department, must also serve 12 months of county probation, 40 hours of community service, attend alcohol highway safety school, and pay fines and costs totaling more than $1,600, according to court records.

His license was not suspended.

Charging documents filed in July indicated that Pickles was stopped by Susquehanna Township police June 27 after he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Parkway Boulevard and Boas Street.

Blood test results later determined his blood-alcohol level was .082 percent, according to the documents. Pennsylvania's legal limit is .08 percent.

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 city police for about a month before he retired from the bureau in January 2010.

 

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