GREENSBURG (KDKA) — A state trooper was in court Tuesday facing charges in connection with a heated argument at a Westmoreland County gas station.
Corporal Angelo Bonesio was charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct as a result of an incident at the Sunoco on West Pittsburgh Street back in March.
Bonesio allegedly hit another car that was parked at the pump, then began shouting obscenities when he was confronted by the car’s driver.
A passenger in the other car testified that Bonesio was very angry and appeared to be drunk at the time. He told KDKA after the hearing that Bonesio seemed to be “hammered.”
Greensburg Police said they conducted two field sobriety tests, but didn’t charge Bonesio with DUI because they couldn’t prove he was driving. They did charge him with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
At the summary trial, a district judge in Greensburg found Bonesio guilty of disorderly conduct but dismissed the public drunkenness charge.
Defense attorney Dick Galloway says he is shocked the disorderly conduct charge wasn’t dismissed too. He says he plans to appeal.
Bonesio is a 19-year member of the Pennsylvania State Police and is currently the patrol supervisor at the Uniontown barracks.
He is currently on paid administrative duty pending a review of the outcome of the trial.