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April 18, 2006
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Drunken driver scuffles with, injures Pa. policeman

Janet Kelley, New Era Staff Writer
Copyright 2006 Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.
 
Lancaster, PA 
 
A Warwick Township policeman was injured Sunday morning when he wrestled with a suspected drunken driver after a crash on East Newport Road.

Dustin Lee Klopp, 27, Furnace Hills Road, Denver, was traveling east on Newport Road around 2:30 a.m., when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into several utility poles and a parked car, police said.

When confronted by police, officers said, Klopp began to fight and tried to run from the scene.

During a scuffle with officers, police said one policeman hurt his wrist and required treatment at Ephrata Community Hospital.

Klopp was wanted for a parole violation on an earlier, unrelated charge, and was committed to county prison. He was also charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, aggravated assault on a police officer, false identification to law enforcement and several traffic violations.

Others arrested on suspected drunken driving charges over the weekend were:

Dean F. Lefever, 43, 11 W. New St., who was arrested by Southern Regional Police Department after police said he was stopped early Sunday morning on New Danville Pike between Run Valley and Marticville roads, Pequea Township. Police said his blood alcohol content was 0.17 percent.

Kha Peng, 25, of Narvon, who was stopped around 4 a.m. on Sunday in the 5500 block of Old Philadelphia Pike, Salisbury Township.

Trooper Samuel Laureto said he had to take evasive action when Peng's vehicle came toward him, traveling in the wrong lane.

David Matthew Young, 23, of Manor Ridge Drive, Akron, who was arrested by Ephrata police shortly before midnight Friday on Steinmentz Road at Route 272. Police said Young crashed into a guardrail, but was not injured. His blood alcohol content was 0.19 percent.

Two people were found to be driving under the influence of intoxicants at the sobriety checkpoint on Saturday along Route 30 and Paradise Township, state police said.

Kimberly Ann Thomas, 42, of Kinzers, was also found to be driving while her license is suspended from a previous drunken driving arrest, police said. Charges against her are pending.

Stephen Michael Walter, 50, Lancaster, was also stopped at the checkpoint. Troopers said Walter was driving under the influence of intoxicants and charges are pending.

James Lee Truitt, 32, Ephrata, was charge after Akron Police said he was observed driving erratically on South Seventh Street early on April 7. 
 
April 18, 2006

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