Authorities: Pa. officer made friend's ticket disappear


ALTOONA, Pa. — A central Pennsylvania police officer has been charged him with making a friend's traffic ticket disappear.

The defense attorney for Altoona Officer Daniel Noel isn't commenting on charges of evidence tampering, tampering with public records and obstructing administration of law. Noel didn't answer his cellphone Friday.

State police say Noel's friend was pulled over by another Altoona officer about 3 a.m. on July 13 and dropped Noel's name but was given a speeding ticket anyway. State police say the friend also had Noel call the other officer during the traffic stop and request the motorist be given only a warning.

A week later, the officer who wrote the ticket couldn't find it in police or local court files.

Chief Janice Freeling says she referred the incident to state police and placed Noel on indefinite leave.