Upper Saucon Police Officer on Leave Charged with Drunk Driving

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A member of the Upper Saucon Township Police Department is charged with impaired driving in Lancaster County, according to the Lititz Borough Police Department and court records.

Daniel Adam Bencsics, a 33-year-old resident of Lower Saucon Township and a former part-time officer with the Lower Saucon Police Department, was arrested in the early morning hours of December 12. a press release posted on the Lititz Police Crimewatch website indicates.

Bencsics was apparently off duty at the time of his arrest, as the press release makes no mention of being a law enforcement officer in another jurisdiction.

The release was accompanied by a booking photo of Bencsics, who is accused of having a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.19% while driving a motor vehicle.

A blood alcohol level of 0.19% is more than double the legal maximum limit of 0.08% for drivers in Pennsylvania.

Credit: Lititz District Police Department / Crimewatch

Lancaster County Police said Daniel Adam Bencsics, 33, a member of the Upper Saucon Township Police Department, was arrested for impaired driving while off duty in the Borough of Lititz early in the morning of December 12. Lititz police included this. booking photo in a Dec. 17 article about Bencsics’ arrest on their Crimewatch site.

According to Lititz Police, “On December 12, 2021 at around 2 a.m., an LBPD patrol officer stopped the Bencsics vehicle after observing dangerous driving. During the traffic stop, it is alleged that Bencsics was found under the influence of alcohol and he was taken into police custody. “

Police said Bencsics was arrested at E. Lemon Street and Raspberry Lane in the borough.

The Crimewatch post said Bencsics then provided “conclusive samples of his breath which indicated a rate of 0.190 percent (BAC).”

Following booking procedures, police said Bencsics had been released and received a summons to appear in district court.

Judicial acts show that Bencsics is charged with DUI-General Impairment (1st offense), DUI-Highest alcohol level (BAC .16 percent or more-1st offense), wrong way driving and turn signal violation.

Wednesday’s records indicated that Bencsics was still awaiting a preliminary hearing on the charges in Lancaster County District Court 02-2-08, which is located in Lititz and is chaired by Judge Edward A. Tobin.

The court record did not list a lawyer for Bencsics.

Saucon Source contacted the Haut-Saucon canton police service seek comments from Chief Thomas Nicoletti on the arrest of Bencsics and his current status of service within the department. This story will be updated if or when additional information is provided.

According to the minutes of the meeting of the supervisory board of the canton of Upper Saucon, Bencsics was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant within the department, and was recognized for this at a badge presentation ceremony held at the Supervisors’ Meeting on April 12.

In 2019, he received an award from the Aggressive Driving and Law Enforcement Education Program (ADEEP), according to a Facebook post from the Bethlehem Health Office.

A 2013 story about Bencsics’ part-time employment with the Lower Saucon Township Police Department noted that at the time he was also Deputy Sheriff of Northampton County and had previously completed probation County Lehigh.

Bencsics graduated from Catholic High School in Bethlehem, Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch reported, and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania before completing Act 120 training at Allentown Police Academy.

To note: Everything Ipeople accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court. This story was compiled using information from the Lititz Borough Police Department, Lancaster County Court records and other sources.

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