From Citizen’s Voice
A Pennsylvania State Police trooper from Fairview Township has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a vehicle crash July 1 on Route 309 near his home.
Fairview Township police say Bernerd Charles Kizis, 47, was highly intoxicated when he rear-ended a vehicle at a red traffic light around 4:20 a.m.
DUI charges against Kizis were filed Wednesday with Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank in Wright Township.
Police said Kizis’ blood alcohol concentration was 0.361 percent, more than four times the amount to be considered intoxicated in Pennsylvania at 0.08 percent.
According to the charges filed by Officer Kevin Stahley:
After Kizis rear-ended the vehicle at Route 309 and Elm Street with his 2010 Hummer H3, Kizis told responding police that the crash occurred because he took his eyes off the road to change a radio station. During questioning, police said he admitted to drinking “a few” alcoholic drinks at his house prior to the 4:20 a.m. wreck. When asked to perform field sobriety tests, Kizis pleaded with an officer to take him home, that he was a state trooper and “we do the same job.” Kizis said he was retiring in six months and the officer was going to “screw him out of his pension.” …..MORE