Police Officer Charged With DUI After...

Police Officer Charged With DUI After Crash Involving Cruiser -...

There are 302 comments on the NBC 4 Washington, DC story from May 9, 2008, titled Police Officer Charged With DUI After Crash Involving Cruiser -.... In it, NBC 4 Washington, DC reports that:

A Montgomery County police officer was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after his cruiser was involved in a crash, police said.

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WC Member

Frederick, MD

#41 May 10, 2008
Racially Profiled wrote:
Montgomery County cops, are klansmen in light brown uniforms. They are some of the most corrupt swine walking the country! This guy will just have a few drinks with his buddies after this with a black man tied to their squad car being dragged throughout the county.
Our uniforms are black. Pay attention.
Fellow Officer

Silver Spring, MD

#42 May 10, 2008
Racially Profiled wrote:
Montgomery County cops, are klansmen in light brown uniforms. They are some of the most corrupt swine walking the country! This guy will just have a few drinks with his buddies after this with a black man tied to their squad car being dragged throughout the county.
HAHA that was funny. Are yu really serious? Please tell me you aren't. Maybe you should go live in Philly then. BTW we wear black uniforms now and we haven't been racialyprofiled since we started wearing black uniforms. I know that sounds pretty stupid huh? Yeah just like your comment!
Racially Profiled

Stafford, VA

#43 May 10, 2008
Fellow Officer wrote:
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HAHA that was funny. Are yu really serious? Please tell me you aren't. Maybe you should go live in Philly then. BTW we wear black uniforms now and we haven't been racialyprofiled since we started wearing black uniforms. I know that sounds pretty stupid huh? Yeah just like your comment!
Oh my bad, I got my black behind out of there a long time ago! Yall were not going to find me swinging from some tree with crack conveniently sprinkled on me. They let yall were black uniforms now! I guess so you can stalk black males in the cover of darkness!
Fellow Officer

Silver Spring, MD

#44 May 10, 2008
Racially Profiled wrote:
<quoted text>Oh my bad, I got my black behind out of there a long time ago! Yall were not going to find me swinging from some tree with crack conveniently sprinkled on me. They let yall were black uniforms now! I guess so you can stalk black males in the cover of darkness!
Seems like you made a wise choice in moving since you were so discriminated upon because you are Perfect. How do you like the police where you are now? I have a small hinch that you think they discrminate you too. Sorry Mr. Perfect that white people get arrested too along with Hispanic, Indian and real African natives.
Fellow Officer

Silver Spring, MD

#45 May 10, 2008
I see no one has mentioned anything about the officer that HAD to arrest Distel.
Just think what this officer has to go through now. All the administrative paperwork, court proceddings and arresting somene that was in your same academy class and someone you worked with before.
I have gained an extra level of respect for the officer that arrested Distel as he remained professional and did what he was required to. I can just imagine the stress he has now and being worried about other officers are going to judge him. I hope that officer knows we appreciate what he did as none of us wish to be put in that situation.
Jinglebulls

Sterling Heights, MI

#46 May 10, 2008
I can honestly say I've lived a clean honest life. I've never received a speeding ticket, never once a traffic ticket, never been jailed for anything or witness to anything. I don't drink, or do drugs. Never cheated on tests, the IRS, or my spouse. I volunteer, donate blood, give to charity, go to church, and help my neighbors. Truthfully people it's not hard to be respectable.

Respectable people do respectable things. Crass people do crass things.

Life is simple if you live by the rules.
WC Member wrote:
John screwed up big time and got caught. Now his name is all over the papers and the TV news. How many companies (since someone brought this up) release the names of their employees who are arrested for DUI? How many people arrested for drunk driving have the "privilege" of being judged in forums such as this before their case goes to court?
Let's all remember a basic principle of our legal system: innocent until proven guilty. Most people posting here have tried and convicted John already, and that's not fair to him no matter who he is and what he does (and what you think of him personally).
Reading through some of these posts, I am elated to learn just how many people live amongst us that are free from error and "sin". There's still a human under the uniform, which some people seem to forget.
I don't condone doing what John's been charged with, but tearing him apart here does nothing but fuel holier-than-thou types or those who can't wait to see a cop screw up.
Strange

Arlington, VA

#47 May 10, 2008
WC Member wrote:
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Our uniforms are black. Pay attention.
Mont counties uniforms are black? You sure they are not brown?
Strange

Arlington, VA

#48 May 10, 2008
Fellow Officer wrote:
I see no one has mentioned anything about the officer that HAD to arrest Distel.
Just think what this officer has to go through now. All the administrative paperwork, court proceddings and arresting somene that was in your same academy class and someone you worked with before.
I have gained an extra level of respect for the officer that arrested Distel as he remained professional and did what he was required to. I can just imagine the stress he has now and being worried about other officers are going to judge him. I hope that officer knows we appreciate what he did as none of us wish to be put in that situation.
Did it ever ocurr to you that maybe the officer had no choice but to arrest him?
Francis Howard

Charlotte Hall, MD

#49 May 10, 2008
To bad...how may drivers did he pull over w/o any damage to any one either themselves or others for DUI or DWI....
Knights Of Columbus

Temple Hills, MD

#50 May 10, 2008
You rarely hear of this but this will be an embarrasement for the police department. They are supposed to uphold the law, not violate the law.

Since: Feb 08

Greenway, VA

#51 May 10, 2008
reality check wrote:
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You have to admit its been years since you've seen a montgomery county cop step on it this bad...where as in DC or PG county, just look at you watch its always that time for another blunder.
You really said it yourself.
It's been years since a Montgomery County Cop has gotten caught and had it published. Just because it doesn't make the news, doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Even in Montgomery County.
Hmmmm

Dearborn Heights, MI

#52 May 10, 2008
Fellow Officer wrote:
I see no one has mentioned anything about the officer that HAD to arrest Distel.
Just think what this officer has to go through now. All the administrative paperwork, court proceddings and arresting somene that was in your same academy class and someone you worked with before.
I have gained an extra level of respect for the officer that arrested Distel as he remained professional and did what he was required to. I can just imagine the stress he has now and being worried about other officers are going to judge him. I hope that officer knows we appreciate what he did as none of us wish to be put in that situation.
You seem to know a whole lot about this situation...where did you get your information???
MOCOcop

AOL

#53 May 11, 2008
Racially Profiled wrote:
Montgomery County cops, are klansmen in light brown uniforms. They are some of the most corrupt swine walking the country! This guy will just have a few drinks with his buddies after this with a black man tied to their squad car being dragged throughout the county.
WE don't wear light brown uniforms, so when you decide to say something stupid on here...get your facts straight first.
MOCOcop

AOL

#54 May 11, 2008
Strange wrote:
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Mont counties uniforms are black? You sure they are not brown?
We've been wearing black for over 6 months now.
MOCOcop

AOL

#55 May 11, 2008
Hmmmm wrote:
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You seem to know a whole lot about this situation...where did you get your information???
Everyone in the department knows exactly about the situation......JUST WAIT until the media reveals where he was going when he was driving DUI AND what his BAC was :)

Since: Mar 08

Towson, MD

#56 May 11, 2008
MOCOcop wrote:
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Everyone in the department knows exactly about the situation......JUST WAIT until the media reveals where he was going when he was driving DUI AND what his BAC was :)
It does'nt matter how far over the limit you are a DUI is a DUI no matter how you look at it. As for where he was going that does'nt matter either. If a civilian gets pulled over for driving drunk woud make a diffrence where he/she was going? No it would'nt. Just because he is a cop does not make his excuse any better that anyone elses.
2CV914B

Leawood, KS

#57 May 11, 2008
MOCOcop wrote:
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Everyone in the department knows exactly about the situation......JUST WAIT until the media reveals where he was going when he was driving DUI AND what his BAC was :)
Your right wait until everyone finds out. HE WAS GOING TO BAIL HIS GIRLFRIEND FROM A DUI SHE HAD GOT. Aren't you married JD? KARMA IS A B****. And what was your BAC it was NOT a .08
vanessa

Los Angeles, CA

#58 May 11, 2008
WELL WHAT THE WORLD COMMING TO
opinion

Cockeysville, MD

#59 May 11, 2008
just_my_opinion wrote:
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It does'nt matter how far over the limit you are a DUI is a DUI no matter how you look at it. As for where he was going that does'nt matter either. If a civilian gets pulled over for driving drunk woud make a diffrence where he/she was going? No it would'nt. Just because he is a cop does not make his excuse any better that anyone elses.
Well, yes and no. According to that logiv, just like the speed camera issue, if you're going 11 over or 50 over...you're speeding. Which one is more dangerous? Obviously 50 over.

The previous poster was implying that Distel's situation / excuse is far worse than one could imagine.

If Distel (or anyone else) had been sitting at home and had 3 beers, a BAC of .08, and got a call that his mother had a heart attack, Yes, it's still a DUI, but with mitigating circumstances. Yes, he still could have killed someone. But compare that to him having a BAC of .30 and getting a call from his "girlfriend" (as opposed to his wife) that she's in jail for DUI herself and needs to be bailed out, albiet using his "hey i'm her boyfriend and a cop...let her off easy".

Now how does his DUI look? A lot worse right?

That's what the poster was implying.

P.S. I don't know the circumstances, or Distel's actual BAC.

Since: Mar 08

Towson, MD

#60 May 11, 2008
opinion wrote:
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Well, yes and no. According to that logiv, just like the speed camera issue, if you're going 11 over or 50 over...you're speeding. Which one is more dangerous? Obviously 50 over.
The previous poster was implying that Distel's situation / excuse is far worse than one could imagine.
If Distel (or anyone else) had been sitting at home and had 3 beers, a BAC of .08, and got a call that his mother had a heart attack, Yes, it's still a DUI, but with mitigating circumstances. Yes, he still could have killed someone. But compare that to him having a BAC of .30 and getting a call from his "girlfriend" (as opposed to his wife) that she's in jail for DUI herself and needs to be bailed out, albiet using his "hey i'm her boyfriend and a cop...let her off easy".
Now how does his DUI look? A lot worse right?
That's what the poster was implying.
P.S. I don't know the circumstances, or Distel's actual BAC.
What ever the situation was the last thing he should have done was got behind the wheel of his police car or any car for that matter. If it were a medical problen then call 911 if was a family or friend problem then he should have picked up the phone and call a cab or call a friend. When it comes to drinking and driving there are no acceptable excuses in my book, it's just plain stupid and doubly so for someone that is intrusted in enforcing the law.

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