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#1 Jun 25, 2010
Trooper resigns after DUI, hit-and-run charges

Published: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 11:20 am
Updated: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 12:37 pm


RALEIGH, N.C.-- An off-duty North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after his arrest on charges of drunken driving and felony hit and run.

The Asheville Citizen-Times obtained court papers that say a vehicle driven by Master Trooper Timothy Scott Stiwinter of Hendersonville ran a red light Thursday night and hit another car at an Asheville intersection.

Investigators say Stiwinter was stopped by an Asheville police officer a couple hours later who smelled alcohol on Stiwinter's breath and saw he was unsteady.

Authorities say Stiwinter refused to take a field sobriety test or a breath-alcohol test, so a search warrant has been filed to test his blood.

It was unclear if Stiwinter has an attorney.

Stiwinter had been with the Highway Patrol since 1999.

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#3 Jun 25, 2010
Mar 22, 2010 5:42 pm US/Mountain Colorado State Trooper Booked On DUI ChargesLITTLETON, Colo.(CBS4) David Dolan's booking photo

Police in Douglas County suspect a 48-year-old Colorado State Patrol trooper was drunk while on duty Monday morning.

Authorities said their dispatch center received several calls from drivers concerned about a marked Colorado State Patrol vehicle driving erratically on Interstate 25 near Castle Rock shortly before 7 a.m.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office released the following details about what happened next.

"The call was transferred to State Patrol due to the driving complaint being on I-25 and referring to a CSP vehicle. Shortly after 7 a.m., our dispatch center received a call from State Patrol asking for our assistance in locating the vehicle and checking on the welfare of the driver."

At about 7:05 a.m. a Douglas County deputy spotted a Colorado State Patrol cruiser on westbound C-470 near Santa Fe that appeared to be the car people were calling 911 about. Deputies then pulled over the cruiser near C-470's intersection with Platte Canyon and began talking to the driver, David Dolan.

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#4 Jun 25, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - January 8, 2010 -- A Pennsylvania state trooper who has overseen sobriety checkpoints on Philadelphia area highways is on desk duty and facing a drunken driving charge.

Pennsylvania State Police say 47-year-old Cpl. John Quigg, of Wyndmoor, was off duty when he crashed his own car into a guardrail on Route 422 in Upper Merion on Dec. 17.

According to court documents, police say there was an open bottle of alcohol in the car and Quigg was unresponsive and appeared intoxicated. The results of blood tests are pending.

Quigg, an accident reconstruction specialist based at the Belmont state police barracks in Philadelphia, has a court hearing scheduled for Feb. 5.

His attorney, Tim Woodward, says his client "made a bad decision that he deeply regrets."

(Copyright ©2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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#5 Jun 25, 2010

Trooper Charged in DUI Killed on Day of Court Date
State police corporal was driving the wrong way on I-76 early Wednesday
Updated 9:30 PM EDT, Wed, Jun 16, 2010

The Pennsylvania State Trooper charged with driving drunk and crashing into a guardrail last December was killed in a crash while driving the wrong way on I-76 early Wednesday morning.

He was scheduled to appear in court for the DUI case 9 a.m. this morning.

State Police Corporal John Quigg was driving the wrong way on the eastbound lane of the Schuykill Expressway at about 1 a.m. when he crashed into a car head-on near the Spring Garden exit, police say.

Quigg entered I-76 by driving on to the Spring Garden exit ramps and continued driving west in the eastbound lanes until crashing into the oncoming vehicle.

Quigg, 48, of Wyndmoor, was brought to Hahnemann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The 23-year-old woman who was driving the other car was brought to the hospital with minor injuries.

Quigg was scheduled to appear in a Montgomery County courtroom at 9 a.m. the same morning for a pretrial conference on the DUI case.

Quigg was a 24-year veteran with the state police who has supervised DUI checkpoints, worked as a drug-recognition expert (someone who can determine what kind of drug a person is on by their behavior), and reconstructs fatal accidents, according to officials.

On Dec. 17, witnesses saw his Honda Accord slowly merge from I-76 west to Route 422 at about 9 p.m. and then strike a guardrail, causing the car to become lodged under the rail, according to a state police spokeswoman. Police charged Quigg with drunken driving, driving on roadways laned for traffic, and careless driving

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#6 Jun 25, 2010
Former officer denied ARD for 3rd time
Updated: 06/24/2010 10:58:33 AM EDT

A former Springettsbury Township Police officer charged with driving drunk while on duty has, for the third time, been denied entrance into a diversionary program that would allow him to avoid a criminal record.
Gary Utter, 39, of Stewartstown, applied for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program twice and was denied both times by former District Attorney Stan Rebert, who cited the circumstances of the case.

Utter applied for ARD a third time earlier this year, but on June 18 District Attorney Tom Kearney denied the request in a seven-page filing.

"Had the conduct occurred while Officer Utter was off duty, the result would be different," Kearney wrote. "(Driving) under the influence of alcohol, while on duty, was a breach of the public trust and a serious threat to the safety of society."

The district attorney noted that on-duty substance abuse "seriously" detracts from an officer's ability to protect society.

"A municipal policeman on duty is entrusted to carry and use numerous and varied weapons, respond to emergencies in his cruiser ... use physical force on people and property, give first aid, and exercise judgment under highly dangerous and/or emotional situations," Kearney wrote.

"These duties require facilities of strength, coordination, skill, knowledge, communication ability, courage, and dedication; all of which are seriously impaired by being under the influence of alcohol."

Utter's case had been on hold because the

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#7 Jun 25, 2010
fox59.com /news/wxin-bargersville-office r-arrested-06202010,0,1412013. story

Bargersville officer arrested for DUI

Bargersville Officer Zach Elliott has been suspended after Trafalgar police arrested him for allegedly driving an all-terrain vehicle drunk on his father-in-law's property Saturday around 4:30pm.

Kimberly King


9:05 AM EDT, June 21, 2010

Trafalgar, Ind.

Bargersville Police Officer Zach Elliott has been suspended after he was arrested for allegedly driving an all-terrain vehicle drunk on his father-in-law's property Saturday around 4:30 p.m. in Trafalgar.

Elliott told police he drank six or seven beers before driving the ATV down a ravine and accidentally flipping it.

One of Officer Elliott's friends, Johnson County dispatcher John Adams, was seriously injured with a broken hip. A third passenger, Kevin Feldmann, said the vehicle trapped Adams who was sitting on the passenger side. He said Adams was pinned under the vehicle when it rolled. Adams was taken to Methodist Hospital and reportedly is scheduled for surgery Monday.

Officer Elliott failed field sobriety tests according to police. Officers reported Elliott smelled of alcohol. They reported his speech was slurred when he explained what happened. Authorities said he blew a .16 on a portable breath test and a .20 on the official breathalizer at the Johnson County Jail.

"That's pretty high, more than twice the legal limit, to be operating any motor vehicle," said Bargersville Assistant Chief Todd Bertram.

"I just want them to know that I'm sorry," said Officer Elliott at his door in Greenwood after bonding out of jail Sunday.

"I spoke with them this morning, my chief and assistant chief, and I've let them know how I feel."

"Officers are held to a higher standard," said Assistant Chief Bertram. "When you're arresting drunk drivers you can't be doing the same thing yourself."

Elliott has been with the Bargersville Police force two years and recently got out of the training academy. The merit board will vote whether he will be fired possibly in the next several days.

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#8 Jun 25, 2010
Related To Story
Video: Newport Officer Charged With DUI

Newport Officer Arrested, Accused Of DUI In Cruiser

Officer In Richmond, Ky. For Training

POSTED: 2:50 pm EST March 5, 2010
UPDATED: 11:22 pm EST March 5, 2010

RICHMOND, Ky.-- A Newport police officer was arrested on DUI charges in Richmond while driving his cruiser Thursday night.

Richmond police said Officer Gregory Simmons, 42, was arrested on Thursday night.

Simmons was in Richmond attending the Department of Criminal Justice Training. He's been an officer with Newport police since 1996.

Police said Simmons was eating at a restaurant and then drinking at the restaurant's bar before he got into his cruiser to leave.

Officers said Simmons got the cruiser stuck on a curb, and his attempts to free the cruiser attracted enough attention that someone in the restaurant called 911.

Richmond police said Simmons got the cruiser off the curb with some help, but bystanders gave officers the cruiser's city and number and said it appeared Simmons had been drinking.

Simmons was pulled over a short time later. He refused a Breathalyzer test and was charged with DUI, police said.

"You can't get much more disappointed," Newport Chief Robbie Hall said. "It's really embarrassing to have an officer do something like this."

Hall told News 5's Eric Flack that Simmons is suspended without pay pending a disciplinary hearing that can't begin until his case is done in court.

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#9 Jun 25, 2010

A New Port Richey police officer is facing charges of Driving Under the Influence in Pasco County, Florida following a hit and run accident. Christopher Sutherlin, who was off duty at the time, reportedly slammed into the back end of a 2005 Ford pick-up truck with his 2006 Nissan pick-up around 3:00 am and then tried to flee the scene. He did not get very far though because of heavy damage to his vehicle. Sutherlin, a passenger in Sutherlin’s vehicle and the driver of the Ford truck were all slightly injured.

Florida Highway Patrol officers responding to the accident knew Sutherlin, so they called for a Hernando County trooper. According to the arrest report, Sutherlin refused to perform field sobriety tests because of a back injury. His blood alcohol content registered .148 and .151 in two breath tests. The legal limit for intoxication in Florida is a .08 BAC.

Sutherlin, 30, had worked a political rally and then went off duty about 9:00 pm. He was charged with a DUI in Florida, two counts of DUI with personal injury, DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries. Sutherlin has been with the New Port Richey police department for ten months. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

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#10 Jun 25, 2010
Montgomery County police officer arrested for DUI
March 28, 2009 - 3:52pm

WASHINGTON—A Montgomery County police officer was arrested for drunk driving in a marked police car Friday night.

Police say Corporal Fernando Martinez crashed his police cruiser into a concrete barrier northbound on Route 270 just south of the Montrose Road exit in Rockville.

The accident happened just after 11p.m.

The police cruiser had minor damage to the front and driver's side.

When police arrived they smelled alcohol on the officer's breath and arrested him for drunk driving after he failed a sobriety test.

Martinez who is assigned to the Wheaton district did not suffer any injuries in the accident. He is a 33-year veteran of the Montgomery County police department and his arresting powers have been suspended.

Montgomery County police say the accident is still under investigation.

(Copyright 2009 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

WASHINGTON—A Montgomery County police officer was arrested for drunk driving in a marked police car Friday night.
Police say Corporal Fernando Martinez crashed his police cruiser into a concrete barrier northbound on Route 270 just south of the Montrose Road exit in Rockville.

The accident happened just after 11p.m.

The police cruiser had minor damage to the front and driver's side.

When police arrived they smelled alcohol on the officer's breath and arrested him for drunk driving after he failed a sobriety test.

Martinez who is assigned to the Wheaton district did not suffer any injuries in the accident. He is a 33-year veteran of the Montgomery County police department and his arresting powers have been suspended.

Montgomery County police say the accident is still under investigation.

(Copyright 2009 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

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#11 Jun 25, 2010
UPDATE: Chattanooga Police Officer Arrested for DUI
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April 19, 2010 1:35 PM
Dan Lehr
Chattanooga Police Officer Jeremy Williams, 26, was arrested for DUI and Leaving the scene of an accident early Sunday morning after investigators say he bumped into a car then left the scene.

The incident happened at 729 Mansion Circle in the parking lot of Riverview Grande Apartments. According to the lead Investigator’s report, Williams was driving his personal vehicle when he bumped a Mercury Marquis while in the parking lot of the apartment complex. He told the owner of the vehicle, Dana Hernandez, that he was a police officer then left the scene. He was located a short time later at his residence.

Williams denied hitting Ms. Hernandez’s vehicle, but did state that he had spoken her in the parking lot. Williams admitted that he had been drinking and field sobriety tests were administered by the investigator. He was taken to the Hamilton County Jail.

Officer Williams is currently on personal leave pending the outcome of his case.

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#13 Jun 25, 2010
Troubled Oregon Police Officer Arrested for DUI

February 12, 2008 Officer William J. Bergin
Sandy, Oregon police officer William J. Bergin, known for his role in the notorius shooting of 27-year old Fouad Kaady, was arrested for DUI in March 2007. This front page article from the Sandy Post newspaper tells the story. Bergin remains on patrol.

[Update: This article revealed that Bergin resigned from his position with the Sandy Police on October 24, 2008. The first comment to this article pretty much sums up my feelings about the whole thing.]

[Update: Bergin was arrested on November 13, 2008 on charges of felony identity theft, first-degree official misconduct

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#14 Jun 25, 2010
wtkr.com /news/wtkr-virginia-beach-cop- dui-arrest,0,1196099.story

Virginia Beach police officer arrested for DUI on I-264

6:31 PM EST, February 10, 2010

Virginia Beach, Va.- A Virginia Beach police sergeant is facing jail time after a drunken driving arrest.

A state trooper caught Sgt. James E. Riddick, who goes by his middle name, Eric, after the Super Bowl on I-264 near Independence. That's not far from where Riddick works in the city's third precinct.

Court records show Riddick was 'weaving' and when the trooper stopped him he noticed a 'strong alcohol odor.'

The trooper noted he 'failed all field tests' and registered a blood-alcohol concentration of .18. That's more than twice the legal limit. If Riddick is convicted at that level, he faces a mandatory minimum of five days in jail.

Riddick's arrest comes four months after another Beach officer, Bryan Womble, was convicted of drunk driving. Womble, who is no longer with the department, was one of the officers targeting drunk drivers. He also served mandatory jail time.

Riddick is on administrative duties. His trial is scheduled for March 18.

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#15 Jun 25, 2010
Officer cited for DUI, but kept out of jail over safety concerns
February 18th, 2010 @ 4:04pm

WEST VALLEY CITY -- A West Valley City police officer is waiting to be formally charged after being cited for DUI over the weekend, but Lt. Kory Newbold was not booked into jail. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Nigbur says they made the decision to keep him out of jail because of safety concerns.

"This case was definitely different than most of them that we see. Not every DUI that we come across and charge is booked into jail. In this specific case, we were worried about the safety of the officer getting booked into a facility," said Nigbur.

He adds that if Newbold was put in jail, he could run into people he had recently arrested and anything could happen after that, putting a number of people at risk.

Lt. Kory Newbold of the West Valley Police Department was pulled over on suspicion of DUI near 3900 South and 800 West Saturday night. "We felt due to his safety and him possibly having connection with people inside that jail, we felt it was a better response to contact his department, let them know about what's going on and also release him to a responsible person," said Nigbur.

Newbold was pulled over by UHP DUI Squad Section Commander Steve Winward near 900 West and 3900 South around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Winward had been out assisting Salt Lake County police officers on a call and was returning to the Salt Lake City area when he noticed a car driving erratically and speeding. Once he pulled the car over, he could smell a strong odor of alcohol as he approached the vehicle.

"He got through pretty much all of the tests, and then he mentioned he was a law enforcement officer," said Nigbur. "From there on we took him into custody for DUI and took him over to ‘special ops,' which is at the Salt Lake County Jail."

There Newbold blew on an Intoxilyzer to check his blood alcohol level.

Once all the paperwork was filled out, it was determined instead of booking Newbold into jail they would take him to his girlfriend's house nearby. Nigbur says they notified their chain of command and West Valley City Police about where was being taken and why.

Nigbur says Newbold will not receive special treatment because he is a police officer and he'll have to face the consequences of his actions just like anyone else.

The highway patrol will complete a charging document and present it, along with the evidence, to the district attorney. That could take about a week.

West Valley police aren't commenting on the incident, other than to say they have a police lieutenant who's been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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#16 Jun 25, 2010
Gwinnett police officer arrested in Hall for DUI

Stephen Gurr
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April 27, 2010

A Gwinnett County police officer was arrested in Hall County over the weekend on a DUI charge, officials said today.

According to a Georgia State Patrol report, Lyndsey Kim Perry, 35, was pulled over for speeding on Ga. 13 north of Ga. 347 about 2:20 a.m. Saturday night.

When a trooper approached Perry's Jeep Wrangler, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver, according to the report.

When asked if she had been drinking, Perry reportedly admitted to drinking "three or four beers" at a Gainesville restaurant.

Perry, who had a female passenger in the car, refused to undergo a field sobriety test or submit to a Breathalyzyer, according to the report.

She was arrested and her car was released to a friend.

Gwinnett Police spokesman Brian Kelly said Perry, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been removed from active duty and given administrative responsibilities until an internal affairs investigation and the criminal case is resolved.

Perry was cleared last year after shooting two women to death while responding to a suicide call at a home in Duluth.

Barbara Baker, 71, and Penny Schwartz, 51, were shot and killed in July 2009 by Perry after Schwartz pointed a handgun at the officer, Kelly said.

Kelly said Baker moved in front of her gun-wielding daughter and into the path of the gunfire when Perry opened fire.

The officer-involved shooting was upheld as justified and Perry was returned to active duty.


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#17 Jun 25, 2010
Third Toledo cop arrested for DUI
Updated: Tuesday, 01 Dec 2009, 4:23 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 01 Dec 2009, 3:45 PM EST

Michelle Zepeda
FOX Toledo News reporter
DOWNTOWN TOLEDO - A third Toledo police officer has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

This time, though, Officer Shawn Parra, was off-duty at the time of his arrest. He was arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court on Monday. He plead not guilty.

Officer Parra was arrested Thanksgiving morning after he allegedly crashed his car and then left the scene.

"We expect officers and civilian employees to always be sober and alert and mentally capable of doing exactly what they are paid to do," said Mayor Carty Finkbeiner.

"We're working with extreme conditions with low manpower," added Dan Wagner, president of the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association. " It's not an excuse but it's a national problem with policing that officers turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism."

Police Chief Mike Navarre said Officer Parra, who is on vacation, will be punished within the department. He will more than likely face a suspension when Officer Parra returns from vacation.

Officer Parra is the third Toledo police officer to be arrested for DUI in the past six weeks. Officer James Breier, who plead not guilty, has been accused of drunk driving while on the job. He was arrested Oct. 23.

Officer Don Mitchell was charged with DUI Nov. 1 after a Toledo police sergeant observed Mitchell allegedly unable to walk in a straight line after getting out of his police cruiser during a previous shift. He was suspended without pay Nov. 2.

The arrest also follows a week after two other unnamed Toledo police officers tested positive for marijuana. The two officers who tested positive for marijuana have been relieved of duty, without pay, pending disciplinary action.

Chief Navarre said the five officers are facing the harshest of punishments, both administratively through his office and criminally through the court system. The police chief wants to send a message to the rest of the department that this type of behavior is not tolerated.

The city is proactive and offers officers and their families an outlet in the form of free psychological help to cope with the demands of the job.

"We try to intervene, get treatment, save that person, save their career," said Dr. John Lewton, who has worked with the Toledo Police Department for over 15 years.

Dr. Lawton has never seen this many officers in trouble at once and believes it's a fluke. He understands officers are under more stress now than ever.

"The TPD officers are a great group of men and women, he said. "They're very short handed because the city's budget crunch there not well equipped."

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#18 Jun 25, 2010
Metro police Officer Arrested for DUI in Nashville
Nashville, TN Police officer crashed an unmarked patrol car.

An officer with the Nashville Metro Police has been charged with driving under the influence in Tennessee. John Cumberland crashed an unmarked police cruiser into a ditch around 12:30 early Thursday morning. A witness reported the accident to authorities.

Cumberland reportedly showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests. He consented to a breath test and registered a blood alcohol content of .12%. The legal limit for DUI in TN is .08%. He was also charged with possession of a firearm with under the influence of alcohol.

Cumberland, 32, is an East Precinct Crime Suppression Unit Officer and he finished his shift around 8:00 pm Wednesday. He has been removed from duty and an administrative investigation has been started.

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#19 Jun 25, 2010
A Clinton police officer was arrested early Sunday for driving under the influence, a state Department of Safety spokesman said this morning.

Matthew Howell, 35, of Clinton, was charged with DUI implied consent because he refused to have a blood alcohol test done, safety spokesman Mike Browning said. He failed a field sobriety test, he said.

Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper William Garrett of Knoxville was traveling east on Kingston Pike near Lovell Road about 2 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle pull out of a parking lot and onto the road "in a really fast manner," Browning said.

"That’s when (Garrett) noticed there might be something wrong and eventually got him to stop," Browning said, after he turned on his lights and sirens.

Howell pulled into a parking lot where Garrett spoke with him and then arrested him, Browning said.

Howell "admitted to being a police officer," he said.

An officer who picked up at the Clinton Police Department this morning confirmed Howell is an officer with the department.

More details as they develop online and in Tuesday’s News Sentinel.

© 2009, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.

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#20 Jun 25, 2010
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Montgomery police officer arrested for DUI after crashing cruiser
His arrest powers have been suspended and the investigation is continuing

by Sebastian Montes | Staff Writer

A 33-year county police officer was arrested for DUI Friday night after crashing his cruiser into a concrete barrier on Interstate 270, just south of the Montrose Road exit, according to a statement from Montgomery County Police.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Cpl. Fernando "Freddie" Martinez of the 4th District station in Wheaton was found standing next to his cruiser on the left shoulder of northbound 270, police said. Arriving officers smelled alcohol on his breath and administered a field sobriety test. Based on that test, the officers arrested Martinez, according to statement.

A police spokeswoman said she did not have any additional information on Saturday. Martinez could not be reached for comment.

Martinez was not injured. The cruiser had "minor damage" to its front and driver's side. His arrest powers have been suspended and the investigation is continuing, according to police.

Martinez is the Hispanic liaison officer for the 4th District, which covers much of the eastern county including Wheaton and Olney. He has also been involved with the department's Explorers program, which trains teens interested in a career in law enforcement.

Martinez is the second county police officer to be arrested in the last year for DUI after crashing a cruiser on I-270.

In May, Officer John Distel crashed his cruiser on southbound 270 near the Montgomery Village exit at about 1:30 a.m. while he was off-duty. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in October. The terms of the plea allow that the case be withheld from his driving record if he meets the terms of his probation for one year. Distel worked out of the 2nd District Station in Bethesda and has been with the department for seven years.

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#21 Jun 25, 2010
St. Petersburg police officer arrested, accused in two separate DUI hit-and-run crashes

By Emily Nipps and Jamal Thalji, Times Staff Writers

In Print: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG — Patrol Officer Anthony Mathew Green repeatedly expressed interest in joining the St. Petersburg Police Department's traffic enforcement division.

But that goal and his law enforcement career were endangered by his arrest this weekend on charges that the off-duty officer drunkenly crashed into two different vehicles, then drove away.

Green, 30, was arrested early Saturday on charges of driving under the influence/crash, DUI involving property damage and two counts of leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage.

Both incidents took place on Fourth Street N about 10 p.m. Friday, according to St. Petersburg police.

The first crash took place as Green attempted to pass a vehicle near the 3500 block of Fourth Street.

Both vehicles were headed north. Green drove over the raised concrete median while passing a 2009 Honda sedan, police said, and struck the driver's side mirror of that vehicle.

The Honda's driver was not injured, but police said the officer didn't stop after the collision.

Instead, Green continued north on Fourth. Police said Green's vehicle struck another vehicle at 38th Avenue N and Fourth Street. Police said no one was injured in that crash, but that Green kept going.

After the incidents, officers searched the area and found Green's damaged vehicle parked outside his Shore Acres home.

Green, who was off duty, was still inside the vehicle, according to police. His blood-alcohol level tested at 0.179 and 0.173. Florida law presumes a driver is impaired at 0.08 or greater.

He was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County jail about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. He could not be reached for comment Monday.

Green, a graduate of Lakewood High School and the University of South Florida, has been a patrol officer since November 2005. His personnel file shows nothing but positive reviews.

His file also showed that he has never been disciplined by the department. Green was involved in three crashes while driving his police cruiser, according to records, but only one incident was declared "preventable." He received a warning for that incident.

According to police, he was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation. After the investigation, a chain-of-command board will determine any disciplinary action.

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#23 Jun 25, 2010
By Alex Lloyd Gross

An off duty Philadelphia Police Officer is under arrest for allegedly driving drunk and plowing his personal vehicle into the rear of a State Trooper's car on Interstate 95 near Girard Ave. The crash happened during the early morning hours when the trooper was sitting behind a tow truck with his lights on. The tow truck was preparing to tow a vehicle, that was the subject of a stop.

State Police said that 23 year old Matthew Sharkey, an officer assigned to the Philadelphia Police Dept. since 2007 plowed into the rear of the trooper vehicle pinning the trooper between the State Police Car and Sharkey's Toyota. Sharkey was arrested and charged with DUI. Disciplinary action within the Philadelphia Police Dept. will be forthcoming.

The Trooper was critically injured in the accident. The driver of the tow truck sustained minor injuries.

Interstate 95 was closed for an extended period of time.

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