In a pair of unrelated latest incidents, two cops crashed patrol vehicles whereas driving below the affect. One occurred in Florida the place an off-duty officer struck an unoccupied car. Within the second incident, an off-duty officer rammed into the again of different motorists earlier than fleeing the scene. Each had been arrested shortly thereafter.
Within the first incident, Miami-Dade officer Leopold Lewis, 42 drove his police automobile right into a parked automobile whereas off-duty and drunk. Lewis left the scene earlier than he was arrested and now faces expenses of leaving the scene of a crash, drunken driving, and DUI with property injury.
“This officer positioned the general public at risk in the identical car that the group has entrusted as a logo of safety,” MDPD Director Alfredo Ramirez stated in a press release to Native 10 Information. “I can’t tolerate any consultant of the Miami-Dade Police Division to jeopardize the group’s belief.
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In one other incident, 36 yr-old Doug Rutoskey rear-ended one other motorist whereas drunk. Equally to the accident in Florida, Rutoskey was driving his patrol automobile and fled the scene after the accident. He solely stopped after he hit a building barrier together with his patrol automobile.
Rutoskey was booked on expenses of leaving the scene of an accident, working a car with an ACE (Alcohol Focus Equal) of .15 or larger, and working a car whereas intoxicated endangering an individual. He was subsequently launched.
“My opinion is that I used to be simply in shock; I didn’t even know what was happening,” stated the person who was within the car that was hit, Roger Mason to WRTV. “Even this morning, after the actual fact of every thing I used to be simply in shock. I can’t consider that this occurred.”
Sadly, these types of incidents aren’t unusual. On November sixteenth, one other off-duty police officer, 21-year veteran Sgt. Peter Fekkes of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police division was issued a summons on allegations of driving below the affect. Fekkes was positioned on administrative go away after Ohio freeway patrol discovered an open alcohol container in his crashed Jeep, says FOX59.
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