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Former Texas trooper charged with fabricating evidence

September 7, 2019

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Several criminal cases investigated by a state trooper in North Texas have been jeopardized after the trooper resigned amid charges he fabricated or tampered with evidence.

Forty-five-year-old Chad Harden was jailed Thursday in Wichita Falls on charges that also include possession of a controlled drug. He was later released.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred in June and Harden was later suspended. He has since resigned from the Texas Department of Public Safety. He was employed by DPS for more than 10 years.

The Wichita Falls Times Record News cites court records in reporting that the Wichita County district attorney’s office has dismissed at least five cases that Harden had investigated.

A DPS spokesman said in a statement that Harden’s patrol work often involved seizing illicit drugs and cash along U.S. 287.

Online jail records don’t indicate whether Harden has an attorney to speak on his behalf.