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Pa. officer charged with DUI resigns

February 06, 2008|By DON AINES

MERCERSBURG, PA. -- Charged last month by Pennsylvania State Police with driving under the influence, a sergeant with the Mercersburg Police Department submitted his resignation Wednesday, Mayor James Zeger said.

William E. "Bill" Sheppard Jr., 46, submitted his resignation at noon, resulting in the cancellation of a special council meeting set for Wednesday night to consider Sheppard's job status, Zeger said.

"We meet next Monday night and we'll begin the procedure of filling the position," Zeger said. Sheppard and Chief Larry Thomas are the department's only full-time officers, he said.

Sheppard also was charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct in the incident at the Mercersburg Sportman's Club in Peters Township on the night of Saturday, Jan. 26, police said. Sheppard was leaving the MMP&W Volunteer Fire Department banquet when he drove his Chevrolet Blazer into two parked vehicles, witnesses told state police.

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A 12-year veteran of the department, Sheppard got out of the vehicle, yelled obscenities and threatened to fight some of the 60 people in the parking lot, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Sheppard shoved Donald Stoner, the MMP&W fire chief and a borough councilman, and continued to be uncooperative and disorderly after two Mercersburg police officers arrived to investigate, police said.

Chief Thomas asked state police to investigate the incident, according to the affidavit.

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