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Chief of Police Charles H. Roche | Abbottstown / Hamilton Police Department, Pennsylvania Abbottstown / Hamilton Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chief of Police

Charles H. Roche

Abbottstown / Hamilton Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, March 5, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Acquitted on appeal

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Chief Roche was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver while working an accident scene on Pine Run Road. He was retrieving flares from the trunk of his unmarked vehicle when the driver struck him. Chief Roche was transported to Hanover Hospital where he died one hour later.

The suspect was found guilty of DUI and involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to a maximum of 23 months. However, his conviction was overturned by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Chief Roche was survived by his wife and child.

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