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Police: Ex-Easton officer passed out at wheel

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A former Easton police officer who resigned after two drunkenness citations is now charged with passing out at the wheel of his car.

Former Easton officer John Zielinski has waived his right Monday to a preliminary hearing.

Defense lawyer Alexander Ward tells The (Easton) Express-Times (http://goo.gl/R8m9w5 ) that he hopes to resolve the case through pretrial probation.

The 47-year-old Zielinski was charged with drunken driving and resisting arrest in April after police found his car partially blocking a highway in Bethlehem at 2 a.m.

Authorities say his blood-alcohol content was .26, nearly four times the legal limit for drivers.

Zielinski resigned from the Easton force in 2008 after two public drunkenness citations. The newspaper says he unsuccessfully sued over one of the arrests.

Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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