Suspended Erie (PA) Police Officer Faces Charges After Hitting Fire Apparatus

An Erie police officer has been charged with drunken driving for an off-duty accident in which the suspended officer allegedly rear-ended a fire truck that was backing into its station on Thanksgiving.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 28-year-old Gabriel Carducci. The Erie Times-News reports he was mailed a summons on charges of drunken driving, careless driving and not yielding to a fire truck entering a fire station and faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 15.

Police say Carducci was glassy eyed and had a blood-alcohol content twice the state’s legal limit for drivers when he crashed about 5 a.m.

Police chief Randy Bowers says Carducci was already put on leave Nov. 10 for another unspecified off-duty incident that is being investigated by outside agencies.

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