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DUI suspect charged in scuffles with troopers

Paul Peirce
| Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

A Mt. Pleasant Township man stopped by police early Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence is facing multiple criminal charges for fighting with two state troopers.

Eugene F. King, 47, of 155 Kibe Road, Acme, was pulled over along Route 31 in Donegal Township at 2:35 a.m. for suspicion of driving drunk after he drove across the double-yellow lines and then onto the berm, police said.

According to court documents filed by Trooper Robert Daerr, King threw his wallet out of the driver's-side window after being pulled over in his 2001 Dodge van. He then refused to perform field sobriety tests. Daerr said King was combative, repeatedly saying to Daerr and Trooper Brian Thomas, "make me."

The officers said they had to use "reasonable force" to load King into the patrol vehicle for transport to Excela Health Frick hospital in Mt. Pleasant for a blood test, which King refused.

King continued to scuffle with the troopers at the hospital and again at the state police barracks, where he was taken for processing.

He was arraigned before Ligonier District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel and released on $20,000 signature bond pending a preliminary hearing Oct. 1.

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