Drinking and driving is a serious offense not only in Virginia (VA), but in all other states across the US. We hear tragic stories everyday about car accidents and deaths that involve drunk driving. When police officers take a special focus on fighting against DUI offenses, we often look at them as a hero. However, what happens if the person you thought was trying to prevent drunk driving was actually doing some himself.
Police reported that an officer, who specializes in enforcing the drunk-driving laws, was arrested for driving under the influence on June 20th. The arrest occurred after two officers reported to a crash at 2 a.m. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident.
The officer who was arrested for drunk driving was the same officer who arrested former NFL star Bruce Smith for the same charges in May. The officer has been on the force since 2002 and made 70 drunk driving arrests in 2007. He was also awarded a Lifesaving Medal for saving an infant who was choking. He has been aboard the carrier Theodore Roosevelt to teach sailors about the dangers of drunk driving. To promote safety in the community, the officer helped with a city program that allowed individuals who had been drinking to retrieve a note form officers to leave on their car so it does not get towed.
The officer was released on a $500 bond and has been assigned to handle administrative duties. He has hired an attorney to represent him during trial.
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