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Bail Set For Police Officer Charged In Deadly Holmesburg Crash

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — A Philadelphia police officer has turned himself in to face charges stemming from an off-duty car crash that killed the other driver (see related story).

Authorities said 45-year-old police Sgt. Thomas Winkis turned himself in to police Tuesday. He is charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

Winkis was arraigned and his bail was set at $50,000. His next court listing is on October 16th.

Investigators say Winkis was drunk and driving 100 mph when he broadsided a van around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Northeast Philadelphia.

The driver of the van, 55-year-old David Farries, died in a hospital several days later.

Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended Winkis for 30 days with intent to dismiss. It couldn’t immediately be determined if he had an attorney.

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