The past weekend hasn’t been a good one for local cops.
First a Garden City rookie officer gets popped for “stalking” and some related offenses. Since he was on probation, he was dismissed pronto.
Then a “Ten year veteran” of the Boise PD is arrested by an ISP trooper for DUI. Apparently out of “professional courtesy” the off duty BPD copper was not booked into the Ada County jail. The department issued a press release saying he remains on the department at the present time.
Channel 6 KIVI did a full blown “live report” from the scene–about 22 hours after the arrest.
They said top cops claimed the case was a “personnel matter” subject to an internal inquiry and they could not comment. If it is a police matter, they are faced with a suspected drunk carrying a deadly weapon–if he indeed was packing heat. It is a fair question and a real concern.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers will probably have a few comments. We have to give the guy a chance at a trial, but with the breath tests mandated under Idaho’s IMPLIED CONSENT LAW and the expertise of the Idaho State Police, there is better than a 95% chance of a conviction…especially since it has hit the media.
That said, the department is faced with some major issues.
–Will a convicted drunk driver cop aggressively pursue future DUIs?
–Will his DUI arrests of others subject him to defense attorney ridicule?
–Do they have a “zero tolerance policy” if an officer is caught?
–Do they tolerate drunk driving if it is a first offense?
Many trucking companies and airlines won’t keep drivers and pilots with DUI convictions.
To put the quandary faced by commanders in perspective, ask yourself this: Would they tolerate a first offense for petty shoplifting? Which is worse, shoplifting or DUI?
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