SALEM TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A Pennsylvania State Police trooper from Salem Township is facing DUI charges after the manager of a restaurant found her passed out in a running vehicle.
According to court records, it was April 27 when the manager of the McDonald’s restaurant in Salem Township found a woman passed out behind the wheel of an SUV haphazardly parked in the parking lot.
A call to 911 brought state troopers to the scene where they discovered it was one of their own behind the wheel, identified as Sgt. Leah Conners.
According to the criminal complaint, the 51-year-old veteran trooper’s speech was slurred, she was unstable on her feet and confused. Her eyes were also described as blood shot.
Troopers asked Conners if she had been drinking, and she replied, “some.”
Finally, when asked to do a field sobriety test, investigators say she told troopers that she “would not submit to any test.”
Conners is charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence and a summary count of careless driving.
State police declined comment on the situation except to say Conners remains a member of the state police, but her duties are restricted. She’s turned in her service weapon and badge, pending the outcome of the charges filed against her.
She is scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing on June 27.