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Charles Zebley waves at officer, charged with DUI after chase, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Apr 29 2013 05:51:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 30 2013 10:09:28 AM CDT
FREEMANSBURG, Pa. -

A Monroe County motorist who kept waving at a police officer he was trying to elude was drunk, officials said.

Charles J. Zebley was found with a crushed can of Bud Light in his right shirt pocket after finally stopping his green 1997 Chrysler convertible following a mile and a half chase from Freemansburg, Northampton Co., into Bethlehem at about 1:05 a.m. Saturday, officials said.

Zebley began fleeing from police on Clearfield Street near Pembroke Road, when an officer tried to stop him after he saw Zebley signal to make a turn where a street did not exist and cross the yellow lines before entering a parking lot, driving up a steep grass embankment, traveling over a curb and exiting the lot, officials said.

When Zebley took off after police first tried to stop him, he waved at the officer, and when the officer turned on his siren, Zebley continually waved at the officer as they headed toward the Bethlehem border, officials said.

A field sobriety test showed Zebley had a blood alcohol content of .16 or higher -- at least twice the legal limit of .08 -- officials said.

Zebley, 51, of 4802 Queens Way, Polk Twp., Monroe Co.,, was arraigned on charges of second offense DUI, careless driving, fleeing an officer and other DUI-related charges and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $7,500 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. May 7.