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Palmer Police Veteran Charged with DUI

Palmer Township police veteran placed on administrative leave after Sunday incident.

A Palmer Township Police Department veteran has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with drunken driving, Police Chief Larry Palmer has announced.

Susan Siegfried, 49, was charged in District Judge Jacqueline Tashner's Palmer Township court with two counts of drunken driving, the second being DUI at the highest rate, careless driving and a motor vehicle violation.

Both the DUI charges are first offenses.

The criminal complaint was filed by Lt. Thomas Trinchere.

Township police officers were dispatched 11:14 p.m. Saturday for a single-vehicle accident in the 300 block of South Nulton Avenue, Chief Palmer said in a press release.

Siegfried, who lives on that street, was outside the vehicle and showing signs of intoxication, police said. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries and a blood draw, police said.

Investigating officers upon the scene discovered that a Jeep Wrangler had left the roadway and struck a tree.

Her blood alcohol content came back 0.32, four times the legal limit, police said.

Siegfried has been placed on administrative leave pending a department investigation, police said. She is awaiting a preliminary hearing being scheduled.

JAG December 02, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I had one encounter with Officer Siegfried at my home right after I moved in. She was very professional and helpful. I will keep her in my prayers as I am sure that this is not something she wants to be remembered for. We all hold police officers in high esteem and high positions of trust that come with the job, but remember, they are people like you and me. I studied criminal justice and it was dream to be a police officer like my grandfather was. Life took me in a different direction since then, and although I am not on the front lines like police are, I still give them a helluva bunch of credit for putting their butts out their to stand between us and the criminals. Keep her in your prayers and let the justice system, which is the best in the world here in the USA, do its thing.
MADD1234567 December 02, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Well well karma came and bite her in the butt! That's what happens when you treat people like dirt, and think your better then them. To jag why would you feel sorry for her she is an officer of the law. She should know better than anyone drinking and driving is not only illegal, it's deadly. I think she should get the max punishment she took a oath to up hold the law. Not only did she put her self in danger she also put others in danger. I had a family member whom was killed by a drunk driver and I feel anyone who drives drunk needs some form of consequence. Exspecially an officer who has been on the force 19yrs shame on her. That badge does not excuse her from getting behind the wheel a choice she made. She enforced that law to others and dealt with family's who lost someone to drunk driving. How dare she there is no excuse for it. So pray that her badge is not returned to her. I do not feel bad for her at all. And hope she learns from this and never gets behind the wheel drunk again ever.
kim b December 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM
well jackie tashner is her judge???? that officer goes to ms tashners home for coffe on the weekends when shes on duty. they are best friends must be odd having to be the judge for your friend but i hope ms tashner is professional and sentences the officer as if she were any other person with a .32 dui.

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