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Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

A state trooper was jailed Friday in Westmoreland County after allegedly assaulting his wife at their home in Delmont and then resisting arrest.

Delmont police had to use a Taser early yesterday to apprehend George J. Walters, 49, inside his home along Church Street at 2:48 a.m., according to an affidavit of probable cause filed before Murrysville District Judge Charles Conway.

Walters was being held in the county jail yesterday in lieu of a $10,000 bond after his arraignment on charges of simple assault, harassment and resisting arrest.

Borough Patrolman Charles Madden reported in the affidavit that police were summoned to Walters' home after his wife telephoned county emergency management to report that her husband was intoxicated and had kicked her in the leg.

Police reportedly had been summoned to the home about five hours earlier, according to court documents.

When police arrived, Madden said, Walters' wife told them that her husband had just kicked her in the leg, and was "out of control and yelling and screaming," the affidavit said.

Police reported that Walters refused to comply with police commands, and Madden had to use the stun gun to take him into custody. Murrysville police were called as backup to assist.

A state police spokesman, Sgt. Anthony Manetta in Harrisburg, confirmed that Walters remains "actively employed" as a trooper at Troop A at Greensburg.

However, he said the agency's internal affairs department is reviewing yesterday's arrest "and our internal personnel policies regarding these type of matters will be followed."

Delmont police declined comment yesterday about the arrest.

Walters is awaiting trial in Common Pleas Court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol that was filed by Murrysville police after a traffic stop on Sept. 28, according to court records. Last month, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Conway on that charge.

Court records indicate his blood-alcohol content was above 0.16 percent. A reading of 0.08 percent is the threshold of intoxication under state law.

Walters' preliminary hearing on the assault case is tentatively scheduled Tuesday before Conway.

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