Douglas Co deputy charged with DWI after wrecking patrol car while on duty

By Frances Watson/Lance Green |

“”We located him. He had had a motor vehicle accident at the junction of K Highway and 14. He had been traveling south on K and when he came up to the intersection of 14 and the stop sign he didn’t stop, went completely across 14 Highway,” explains Sheriff Degase.

Lafferty ended several yards into the woods, slamming his patrol car into a tree. The airbag went off but he still hit his head on the windshield. Some branches, and brush is lodged into the back end of the car.

Sheriff Degase knew something wasn’t right about the crash.

“When I got there, I smelled it. I can tell by his actions. His words were slurred,” he says.

After the first breathalyzer test came back with a high alcohol reading, the highway patrol was called in to take over the investigation.”


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