Detroit police officer attends breathalyzer training intoxicated

DETROIT – A Detroit police officer attended a Michigan State Police training class with alcohol in his system, officials confirm.

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) reported that the training took place Thursday, and Detroit Police Chief told the TV station that an internal investigation would be conducted.

“The bottom line is that he showed up to work under the influence of alcohol,” Craig told the television station. “This was a Michigan State Police training, he blew a .08. Certainly that’s a problem, it’s a problem for me, and it may be a problem on how it was handled after that.”

The officer was not disciplined by state police at the event.

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State police Lt. Mike Shaw told the Detroit Free Press the officer was attending a DataMaster training class. A DataMaster is an instrument used to analyze blood alcohol concentration via a breath sample.

“During that class he volunteered to give a sample and it was determined he had alcohol in his system. The MSP sergeant dismissed him from the class and sent him to his department. His command staff was notified. He does not work for us so we can not discipline him. That will be up to his employer.”

A Detroit police spokesperson confirmed Saturday morning that an internal investigation is underway, but did not share more information about the officer or the incident.

 

Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, April 6, 2019, “Detroit police officer attends breathalyzer training intoxicated”, https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/06/detroit-police-officer-attends-breathalyzer-training-intoxicated/3387634002/

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Officer allegedly showed up to firearms training with alcohol in system

by: Mike Petchenik Updated: Jul 7, 2017 – 7:51 PM

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – A Roswell police detective is serving a 30-day suspension after investigators said he showed up to a firearms training class with alcohol in his system, and records show the stresses of his job might have led to the incident.

Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik obtained Detective Zackery Kowalske’s personnel file and the internal affairs investigation into what happened.

On May 31, records show Kowalske showed up late for a firearms class at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga.

Documents said an instructor asked Kowalske why he was late and noted that an odor of alcohol was coming from his breath.

The report said Kowalske admitted to drinking six beers the night before and said that he had “passed or blacked out” in his hotel room and overslept.

The instructor took a blood alcohol reading at the facility and records show it registered at 0.04, which is below the legal limit to drive.


“Kowalske would have had to been at a 0.16 or 0.18 with the normal elimination rate when he quit drinking and went to bed,” the instructor noted in the internal affairs report.

Kowalske told investigators that he normally drinks himself to sleep because he sees “ghosts” as the result of post-traumatic stress disorder from his role as a crime scene investigator.

Kowalske also said that he was having trouble sleeping due to a shooting involving a car chase and being assigned to investigate a double homicide behind a grocery store, according to the report.

The report also said the veteran detective sees the image of a 4-year-old boy who was hanged by his father in 2013.

In a memo obtained by Petchenik, Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant ultimately decided to suspend Kowalske for 30 days for violating department policies, including reporting unfit for duty and transporting alcohol in his city vehicle.

Grant ruled Kowalske will have to undergo a “Fitness for Duty Evaluation,” won’t be able to attend training at GPSTC for a year and will be transferred to a different division.

“I think he should get a chance,” Roswell resident Darlene Jenkins told Petchenik after hearing about the suspension. “He needs to address it solve the problem.”

Northside Hospital psychotherapist Nikeisha Whatley-Leon told Petchenik that PTSD is not uncommon in first responders, especially police.

“The symptoms would be something similar to reliving the experience, having nightmares, not being able to sleep,” she said. “We’ve seen veterans, we’ve seen policemen that have been exposed to experiences that have been very traumatizing to where it impacts their way of functioning.”

Whatley-Leon said one coping mechanism is to drink.

“We know that talk therapy helps… putting them in an environment where they feel safe,” she said.

She told Petchenik departments need to do a better job of monitoring the mental health of their officers.

“When someone has been exposed to something that’s not the normal routine of life, that you have support in place, whether it’s through EAP, a crisis therapist on hand, and also having ongoing evaluations of mental health status,” she said. “It’s almost like you’re putting them in the fire but not giving them the support to get them out or to keep them geared up to keep them going.”

Grant declined to comment because the case was a personnel issue. Petchenik reached out to Kowalske via email, but did not hear back.

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Deputy arrested for DUI after crashing en route to homicide scene

Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 10:03 am EDTWednesday, May 31st 2017, 6:35 pm EDT

Jimmy Fitzgerald (Photo Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

Jimmy Fitzgerald (Photo Source: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office)

FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC) – Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a DUI charge.

Jimmy Fitzgerald was on duty and en route to a homicide investigation in Somerville on May 25 when he crashed his cruiser into another vehicle on State Road 195 in Fayette County around 9 p.m. The crash caused the other vehicle to roll over and sent the driver to the hospital.

“My husband heard the thump, and he ran through and said there’s been a wreck out here,” neighbor Joan Reeves said.

Reeves lives across the street from where the crash happened. She said they came out and found her neighbor’s truck upside down and her neighbor hanging by her seat belt.

“The only thing that saved her was the Lord and that ditch,” Reeves said.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers smelled alcohol coming from Fitzgerald when they arrived on the scene. Fitzgerald admitted he consumed some alcohol before responding to the call.

Fitzgerald was also injured and had to go to the hospital. After doctors checked him out, investigators arrested him.

“I really think it was wrong, and I think he knew better,” Reeves said. “It could’ve went a whole lot worse than it did.”

Fitzgerald is out of jail on $1,500 bond and has been suspended without pay. He is charged with DUI, due care, no seat belt, violation of implied consent, reckless endangerment, and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

 

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/35555122/fayette-county-deputy-arrested-for-dui?platform=hootsuite

Deputy fired after showing up drunk to DUI training session

 

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas- A Fort Bend County deputy was fired for showing up drunk to a training session in Austin, officials said.

According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy was undergoing a training for testing drunk drivers when his own test results revealed he was legally drunk.

FBCSO isn’t releasing the deputy’s name, calling it a personnel matter.

The deputy has since been fired.

 

http://www.khou.com/news/local/fbcso-deputy-fired-after-showing-up-drunk-for-training-session/440350229?platform=hootsuite

Utah officer charged with driving drunk on way to police training

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

Jason James Whitehead

PANGUITCH — An officer with the Utah Department of Public Safety has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk in his unmarked patrol car while headed to a training session at Lake Powell.

Jason James Whitehead, 35, of Ogden, who is also an officer with the State Bureau of Investigation, is charged in Garfield County Justice Court with DUI, a class B misdemeanor, and other charges.

On April 24, Whitehead was pulled over in his Dodge Charger on U.S. 89 after police received reports of a “reckless car with a reckless driver,” according to a search warrant affidavit filed in 6th District Court.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said multiple witnesses called police as Whitehead traveled through Iron and Garfield counties.

A UHP trooper pulled over Whitehead and detected a “strong odor of alcohol” while speaking to him, the affidavit states.

The trooper then noticed an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle that was half full, according to the warrant. After the trooper realized Whitehead was a State Bureau of Investigation employee, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was called to take over the investigation.

Sheriff James Perkins responded to the scene himself and observed that Whitehead “had slurred speech (and) red, glassy eyes, and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol,” the warrant states.

After failing a couple of field sobriety tests, Whitehead was “very unsteady on his feet” and needed assistance getting into Perkins’ car, according to the affidavit.

Whitehead has been with the Utah Department of Public Safety for more than four years. He has been placed on administrative leave. Royce said Whitehead is currently assigned to the Major Crimes Unit. He was on his way to train with the department’s dive team when he was pulled over.

Whitehead has had no other major disciplinary action against him during his time with the department, Royce said.

“I’m very disappointed when it’s found that one of our own, who has committed to protect, made a bad choice that could harm others. We were fortunate in this incident that no one was hurt, and we have taken immediate action to address this incident. This is a very rare occurrence that does not represent the conduct of the nearly 1,600 men and women of the Utah Department of Public Safety who have dedicated their careers to providing caring and professional service,” Commissioner Keith Squires said in a prepared statement.

In addition to the DUI charge, Whitehead is also charged with two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence, a class B misdemeanor, and having an open container in his vehicle while on the highway, a class C misdemeanor.

“Our client, like all our law enforcement clients, are entitled to due process under the law like all Utahns and all American citizens,” attorney Bret Rawson, who works with the Fraternal Order of Police and specializes in representing officers, said Wednesday.

Rawson said it was important to remember that Whitehead had served Utah for 12 years.

Prior to being hired as a UHP trooper, Whitehead was a deputy with the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office. He suffered minor injuries in 2013 while investigating a crash on I-15 near 2500 South and another vehicle slid into him while he was inside his car.

 

 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865679154/Utah-officer-arrested-for-drunken-driving-on-way-to-police-training.html?platform=hootsuite

Two cops, detective and NYPD crossing guard cuffed over weekend in incidents throughout NYC

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This was a bad weekend for the NYPD — one cop and a detective were cuffed for drunken driving while another cop and a crossing guard were both charged with assault.

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Two cops, a detective and a school crossing guard were arrested over the weekend in separate incidents, police said Sunday.Cops collared an NYPD officer who caused a serious accident while driving drunk on the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens Sunday morning, officials said.

Off-duty NYPD Officer Neville Smith, 32, was driving drunk on the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens by Rockaway Boulevard when he rear-ended a 2004 Honda at about 4 a.m. Sunday, sending it into a pole and a tree, officials said.

The impact badly injured three people inside. Vanessa Raghubar and Maria Raghubar, 22 and 21, were both critically injured, while Maria’s boyfriend, Justin Harricharran, 20, was seriously hurt.

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“He’s had traumatic head and back injuries, but he is probably the one better off,” said one of Harricharran’s relatives, who wouldn’t give her name. “The girls are not doing too well, and they have internal injuries.”

The relative expressed outrage over Smith. “He slammed three young kids that have all their lives. He was drunk. What could we think?” she said. “He ruined their lives!”

Smith, who was treated at the same site, was charged with vehicular assault, assault, driving while intoxicated and refusal to take a Breathalyzer test.

Cops in the Bronx arrested an off-duty police officer whose friend claimed she punched her in the face, officials said. Candice Smith, 31, a neighborhood coordination officer on the force since 2008, was charged with misdemeanor assault. The friend was not seriously injured, authorities said.

A few hours later, also in the Bronx, cops cuffed an off-duty detective for drunken driving, police said. Efrain Medina, 51, was driving near Walton Ave. and E. Fordham Road in Fordham Heights when he got into an accident just before midnight. He took a Breathalyzer test and was arrested on the spot, cops said.

Police in Staten Island arrested an NYPD School Crossing Guard who allegedly punched her nephew, officials said. Katherine Gabel, 55, was charged with misdemeanor assault after her nephew, 47, claimed she punched him in the face and left shoulder, where he’d recently had surgery. He was in pain but not seriously injured, cops said.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/2-cops-detective-nypd-crossing-guard-cuffed-weekend-article-1.3091811?platform=hootsuite

Report: Austin police officer who operated Breathalyzer at jail allegedly showed up to work drunk

Updated 9:51 pm, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

An Austin police officer responsible for handling Breathalyzers at the Travis County jail was fired Monday after officials at the department learned he possibly showed up to work intoxicated, according to media reports and the police department.

APD spokeswoman Lisa Cortinas confirmed Tuesday that an APD officer has been indefinitely suspended and another officer was “given days off.”

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Cortinas mentioned there were memos that may have additional details regarding the incident, but those weren’t immediately available to the Express-News at this writing.

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/texas/article/Austin-police-officer-indefinitely-suspended-for-11080678.php?platform=hootsuite

NYPD Officer Accused Of Breaking Into Apartment, Beating Woman Pleads Guilty To Assault

Eugene Donnelly

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An NYPD officer accused of drunkenly breaking into a woman’s apartment and punching her 20 times has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

Eugene Donnelly will be sentenced June 1 to three years’ probation and must get treatment for a drinking problem.

Authorities told the New York Daily News on Tuesday the victim told prosecutors the officer needs rehab and not jail time.

On June 10, 2014, Donnelly, of the 46th Precinct, received the Police Combat Cross for taking down an armed suspect who fired at him while he was off duty in 2012, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Afterward, he allegedly went drinking with colleagues and went to sleep at a friend’s apartment, prosecutors said.

Sometime that night, Donnelly woke up finding himself fin the apartment of a woman he did not know in the same building in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx, prosecutors said. He allegedly broke a chain lock to get in, and threw the frightened woman to the floor and beat her in the head, prosecutors said.

A Daily News report at the time said the woman claimed the suspect went on to go into the woman’s refrigerator and drink from her milk container before leaving.

His attorneys have said he was sleepwalking during the attack.

Donnelly, 20, has been suspended and could be fired if he is convicted of department charges filed against him.

He also faces a DWI charge after police say he crashed into three parked cars at 135th Street and Riverside Drive last year.

 

NYPD Officer Accused Of Breaking Into Apartment, Beating Woman Pleads Guilty To Assault

Why Riverside officer wasn’t arrested after drinking, texting, crashing

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January 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm

A Riverside police officer who admitted to drinking beer while off duty, getting into his city-issued car and sending a text message before crashing into a parked semi truck in Temecula, and then leaving the scene without immediately reporting the incident, will not be arrested.

But Chad Milby, who was once a lieutenant, is now a sergeant – one rank lower – assigned to patrol, said Riverside police Lt. Melissa Bartholomew.

Citing privacy regulations, Bartholomew would not say whether Milby’s change in rank was a demotion related to the crash. She declined to discuss any details of Milby’s discipline, including whether he was suspended or required to pay for the $9,500 damage done to the city’s unmarked silver Ford Fusion he was driving.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, which provides police services for Temecula, investigated the crash that happened the night of April 29 on Wolf Store Road east of Mahlon Vail Road.

When a deputy questioned Milby at his home later that night, he did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol, the sheriff’s incident report said.

Milby was not cited for violating the state Vehicle Code section requiring the use of a hands-free device to text because an officer must witness an infraction to write a ticket, said Deputy Michael Vasquez, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

The driver of the truck did not want to press hit-and-run charges, Vasquez said, so there was no victim. Some crimes, such as domestic violence, can be prosecuted with the state of California as the victim, Vasquez said, but hit and run is not one of them.

Milby, through a Riverside police spokeswoman, declined to comment for this story.

The deputy who questioned Milby, whose name was redacted from the report provided to The Press-Enterprise, said he was dispatched to a report of a hit and run involving a semi at 10:46 p.m. April 29. Two minutes earlier, the deputy wrote, there was a separate report of a silver car “swerving all over the roadway” and that the car hit a curb about a mile away.

The deputy examined the semi and found only a scuff on a tire. He also found pieces of the city’s car.

Milby reported the crash to the Riverside Police Department, the deputy wrote. The deputy did not specify when. Department policy requires crashes to be “promptly” reported to a supervisor and a collision report filed with the agency having jurisdiction where the crash occurred.

The policy also prohibits using take-home cars for personal errands “beyond a reasonable minor detour,” unless approved, and prohibits driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. It also bans, without permission, drinking any alcohol within four hours before driving.

Milby told the deputy he had drank two beers between 6 and 10 p.m. before the crash.

The deputy contacted Milby in the driveway of his home in Temecula and said he noticed “an odor of either cologne or fragrant soap, preventing me from detecting an odor of an alcoholic beverage.” But Milby did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol, the deputy wrote.

Milby told the deputy that his airbag deployed when he hit some unknown object, but he did not stop because he did not see any vehicles or injured pedestrians. He did not immediately check for damage to his car. Milby could not explain why he didn’t report the crash to the Sheriff’s Department.

Milby called the deputy the next day to add that he was responding to a text message from his wife at the time of the crash.

The deputy subsequently talked with a second witness who said he saw a silver car with its hazard lights on and the airbag inflated “doing donuts” near the site of Milby’s crash.

 

http://www.pe.com/2017/01/06/why-riverside-officer-wasnt-arrested-after-drinking-texting-crashing/

Orangeburg deputy fired after DUI arrest following crash in patrol vehicle

Thursday, December 22nd 2016, 10:29 am EDT, Thursday, December 22nd 2016, 11:22 am EDT, By Jason Old, Digital Content Director

Devrinn A. Washington (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Devrinn A. Washington (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) – An Orangeburg County sheriff’s deputy was fired following a DUI arrest after allegedly crashing his patrol vehicle in Richland County.

South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman David Jones said 30-year-old Devrinn Washington was traveling on Garners Ferry Road near the intersection with Trotter Road when he ran off the right shoulder into a ditch and struck a tree around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

A driver who reported the crash said a person was passed out behind the wheel.

The responding trooper reported smelling alcohol coming from Washington, Jones said.

After refusing a breath test, Washington was arrested and charged with a DUI.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell took quick action after Washington’s arrest. “Upon learning of this charge, the deputy was terminated immediately,” Ravenell said. “However, while the OCSO fully supports the S.C. Highway Patrol in its investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further as that investigation is ongoing.”

Ravenell said Washington was not on duty at the time of the crash.

The patrol vehicle suffered only minor damage, including a cracked valance on the front bumper.

 

http://www.live5news.com/story/34113909/orangeburg-deputy-fired-after-dui-arrest-following-crash-in-patrol-vehicle?platform=hootsuite