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Police: Pa. man tries high-fiving cop who gave DUI

Monday - 3/5/2012, 9:49am  ET

TYRONE, Pa. (AP) - Police say a central Pennsylvania man thanked and tried to high-five the officer who flagged him down for driving without his lights _ only to then be arrested on a drunken driving charge.

The Altoona Mirror ( http://bit.ly/zQItVl) reports that Gerald Decker was driving early Feb. 19 when a Tyrone officer noticed that Decker's car didn't have its lights on and flagged him down.

Officer Adam Bonsell says Decker told him, "Thanks, buddy," and tried to high-five him. Bonsell told him, "That's not how it works" and gave Decker field sobriety tests.

Police say Decker's blood-alcohol content was 2 1/2 times the legal limit for drivers.

The charges were recently mailed to Decker.

Online court records don't list an attorney for the 27-year-old Decker of Tyrone. His phone number isn't listed.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com


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