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State Trooper Facing Assault Charge

ELDRED TOWNSHIP – A state trooper in Monroe County is suspended without pay after he allegedly assaulted his wife.

Troopers say the incident happened early Monday morning.

Trooper Mark Michael was suspended without pay from the Fern Ridge barracks this week. He is charged with assault and harassment for an incident that allegedly happened off the job in his own home.

According to court papers Trooper Mark Michael assaulted his wife Monday at their home near Kunkletown.

She claims, “…she woke up to the defendant (Trooper Michael) calling her names, making fun of her and her family and swearing at her.”

When Michael’s wife went to shut the bedroom door so their kids wouldn’t hear them fighting, the trooper allegedly pushed her out of the way and grabbed her by the throat. Michael’s wife said she couldn’t breathe.

When state police arrived, Michael was told he would be facing charges.

Court papers say that he replied “She wants to play games, huh?”

Michael went on to say that she was the one who woke him up yelling and had tried to get to unloaded guns.

Michael is charged with simple assault and harassment and is free on bail.

In 1995 Newswatch 16 reported on this accident involving Trooper Michael. He had pulled over a driver on Interstate 80 in Carbon County and got hit by a tractor-trailer. He was severely injured; the driver of the car was killed.

Michael has been with the Pennsylvania State Police since 1991.

A state police spokesman had no comment on the charges.

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