Walter C. Peppelman

Man accused of punching Lower Paxton Township cop on his fac

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Published: 01 August 2017

Posted by: Rex Y. Holmes

A West Hanover Township man was arrested on Saturday, in an alleged road rage incident. The police said that he was accused of punching a Lower Paxton Township police officer on his face and harassing a woman while being drunk.
Walter C. Peppelman, 55, has been facing multiple charges including that of aggravated assault, driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, harassment and drinking in public, according to charging documents.
A woman had made a call to the police around 6:10 p.m. to report that someone driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee, having ‘Pepboys’ written on his license plate, was following her.
The driver of the Jeep had cut her off on the Jonestown Road, which led her to beep her horn, the woman told police. The driver of the Jeep then began slamming on his brakes and then followed the woman for a few minutes in the parking lot of Kohl’s, she told the police.
Brian Egli, Lower Paxton Township police Officer, arrived at the parking lot and started speaking with the woman who he had reported in the charging documents. While they were communicating, the officer heard another woman screaming across the parking lot. Listening to that, he reported walking toward her.
The officer said that he found the other woman crying and being upset. The woman was Peppelman’s wife. Egli went forward to ask as to what was wrong. At that moment, Peppelman approached him and bumped on his chest while saying nothing was wrong, Egli said.
When he told Peppelman that he was under arrest, Peppelman came forward and punched him in the left temple, Egli said. The officer immediately called for backup. Police staff came, who handcuffed Peppelman and took him into custody.
Police reported that he was exhibiting a strong smell of alcohol while he was placed under arrest. Police also confirmed that he was the same driver who followed the woman in the alleged road rage incident that happened earlier.
Peppelman, was released from custody only after paying the bail amount that was set at $5,000 unsecured, as per court records. His preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 13.

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