State trooper faces charge he hit colleague in cruiser
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania state police trooper is accused of punching a colleague in the face during a fight inside their cruiser last month.
Henry Moretti, 31, of Saxonburg, was charged with simple assault and harassment. Moretti, who has been a trooper since 1993 and is stationed in the Butler barracks, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case, a state police spokesman said.
Trooper Steven Sheldon said he and Moretti had "bad feelings" for some time before the fight broke out about 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 17 while they were on patrol together, according to a police report. No cause for the alleged fight was given in the report.
Moretti grabbed Sheldon's arm from the steering wheel while he was driving, and when Sheldon stopped the car Moretti punched him in the left eye, according to the report.
Moretti's lawyer, Alexander Lindsay Jr., refused to comment on the case.
The two did not normally work as partners, the state police spokesman said.