The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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December 9, 2013

Pittsburgh cop charged with DUI arriving at work

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh police officer has been charged with drunken driving after he allegedly showed up for work drunk.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 38-year-old Officer Vernon Gibson, who declined comment to reporters.

Gibson was charged after he showed up for a mandatory workplace alcohol test with alcohol on his breath about 11 p.m. Friday. Another officer says blood and breath tests showed Vernon’s blood-alcohol content was more than one-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Police officials say Gibson was already on administrative leave, though they haven’t said why.

He was charged with insurance fraud in 2011 when he allegedly claimed his vehicle had been struck when police say Gibson damaged it himself while trying to park.  He entered a first-offender’s program last year that court records show he has yet to complete.

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