All drivers on Colorado roads are required to follow the law when it comes to drinking and driving, even police officers. That is why it is a sad irony when police officers are actually arrested and charged with DUI.
According to a DenverPost.com report, the Boulder Police Department has had two officers arrested for drunk driving in the last three weeks.
In November, a detective was arrested by Boulder County sheriffs after an initial stop for speeding resulted in a drunk driving inquiry. Sheriff's deputies reported that Morris appeared nervous, had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. He reportedly asked the deputies if they could just write a speeding ticket before performing a field sobriety test, which he failed.
Last week, a DUI enforcement officer was arrested after her car was spotted by off-duty officers in Arvada speeding and weaving between lanes on I-25. When officers stopped her, she reportedly indicated that she was drunk. They also reported that she declined to perform field sobriety tests as she had difficulty maintaining her balance.
Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. Boulder's Chief of Police, Mark Beckner explained to the Post that the incidents are very concerning, and that an internal investigation will be completed. The officers could be subject to a range of discipline; from an official reprimand to outright termination.
The story also underscores that fact that even though these people are law enforcement officers, they have the same protections that other people charged with DUI are entitled to.
Source: DenverPost.com, Boulder cop suspected of driving drunk was department's DUI officer, December 6, 2012