Panhandle State Trooper Facing DUI Charge Resigns

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper facing a DUI charge has resigned.

Philip Shank was arrested last week in Crestview on a drunken driving charge while on duty directing traffic at the scene of a fatal accident.

The 44-year-old's fellow troopers arrested him after they smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed he was impaired.

Shank is a 23-year veteran who has received reprimands or counseling ten times according to agency records.

Ernesto Duarte with the Highway Patrol says that's above average for a trooper of his tenure. None involved alcohol or drugs.

Shank was disciplined for four traffic accidents and was suspended for 24 hours in 1997 for sleeping on duty for the second time.

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