Crime

Spring Mills man accused of impersonating police officer, drunkenness

A Spring Mills man is in custody, accused of attempted burglary and impersonating a police officer early Sunday morning in Millheim.

State police received a call at 3:10 a.m. Sunday about a man trying to enter a Main Street apartment. Police said they arrived about 3:45 a.m. and found Joseph Klinger, 27, kicking the front door of First National Bank. Klinger smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, according to the criminal complaint.

The person who called police told troopers that Klinger repeatedly tried to enter the apartment and said he was the police, according to the complaint. He is also suspected of trying to break in to a vehicle, police said.

Klinger told troopers he had been with friends at the Millheim Hotel, according to the criminal complaint. He told police he was left at the bar alone and was trying to enter the car and buildings to ask for help.

Klinger is charged with two counts of attempted burglary, impersonating police, attempted criminal mischief, attempted theft from a vehicle, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14.

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