PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — A Leetsdale police officer was suspended from the job, after investigators said, he tried covering for a friend accused of driving under the influence.
Police said Officer Wayne Drish was a passenger in car that slammed into a utility pole at the intersection of Park Hill and Bradford roads in Economy last August.
When police arrived, investigators said, Drish said he was behind the wheel. DNA tests later revealed that his intoxicated friend was driving. Police said the driver had a blood alcohol level of .249, three times the legal limit.
The accident happened in August, but Drish was arrested on Thursday and charged with lying to police.
Channel 11′s Alan Jennings reported that Drish is a 12-year veteran of the department with an unblemished record. He is currently suspended without pay.