Law Enforcement and DWI Roundup

A quick roundup of recent stories on law enforcement officials and DWI laws...

  • Ten police officers in Westchester County, New York admit to local newspaper that they routinely let other officers off after catching them driving drunk off duty.
  • Off-duty, possibly drunk South Carolina officer pulled over after a chase demands "professional courtesy" she says is customarily granted to other officers. She was charged with reckless driving and disorderly conduct, but wasn't arrested or given a breath test, and was allowed to go home.
  • Chicago police officer shown to have faked dozens of DWI arrests won't face criminal charges.
  • Off-duty Massachusetts state police lieutenant crashes into pickup truck, causing the truck to flip several times. Officer admitted drinking earlier in the day and two open beer cans were found in his car. Other officers don't administer field sobriety test for 2 1/2 hours, after allowing him to talk to his attorney. He was also never given breath or blood tests. He did get a $20 traffic ticket.
  • From last year, DWI charges dropped against Nevada DA who caused two crashes within six hours while in California, and tested over the legal limit after the second. He was allowed to plead to reckless driving.

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  • Warty||

  • mike c.||

    Here is a better band. It is even better that they are commies so it is ok to steal their music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....mp;index=5

  • ||

    This makes me want to puke. Its totally not the 10 beers i've had so far.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Well, put on a blue uniform if you're driving somewhere...

  • ||

    My lack of a driver's license makes the cop uniform mandatory, even when I'm not driving drunk.

  • ||

    Thank God for the thin blue line.

  • ||

    I think we'll see more coverage of the cell phone while driving laws as they get spooled up. I swear if they make it a primary offense here in WA state I will put my hand to my ear every time I pass a cop.

  • ||

    Just because the Colts choked doesn't mean you have to share your misery with the rest of us, Rad.

  • The Mossy Spaniard||

    This further generates anti-police hatred within me, a process I've come to refer to as "Balkoization".

  • ||

    may i suggested i slight spelling change?

    Balkonization.

  • EscapedWestOfTheBigMuddy||

    Just because the Colts choked doesn't mean you have to share your misery with the rest of us, Rad.

    Radley doesn't need an excuse to share the misery; after all, it's past noon somewhere.

  • ||

    Bab5 ref FTW!

  • EscapedWestOfTheBigMuddy||

    That joke was old a long time before Babylon 5.

    Fun show though.

  • jasno||

    Come on guys, you gotta temper this horseshit with some good news, or you're just going to ruin all of our weeks.

    Speaking of good news...

    Ding, dong, the Murtha's dead!

  • Warty||

    I once was forced to see Murtha speak in person. I didn't heckle him, or even throw my poop at him. I even wore a tie. I've never been so ashamed of myself in my entire life.

  • ||

    I didn't heckle him, or even throw my poop at him

    Well, look at it as a missed opportunity. There's no time like the present.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    Fuckin' sell-out.

  • hatem||

    we should organize a give a cop the bird day ... seriously. April 1st.

  • ||

    I even wore a tie.

    *shakes head slowly*

  • EscapedWestOfTheBigMuddy||

    Ding, dong, the Murtha's dead!

    You see, boys and girls. Every surgery carries some risk. Don't treat it lightly.

  • The Gobbler||

    They should have fragged that fucker back in Nam.

  • Playa Manhattan||

    Radley, Here is another one from my neck of the woods:
    http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_14181820

  • Pope Jimbo||

    I grew up in a small town. My father was a parole/probation officer for a huge number of counties. As a result, I knew most of the local cops and deputies and they knew who I was.

    DUI's were just starting to get a bad odor because of MADD when I was getting my license. Still, a lot of times the local cops would follow you home with the lights on if they caught you drinking and driving.

    The cops would also have picnics and drink way too much and drive themselves home. It was a given that they would get a pass if picked up along the way.

    According to my father, that doesn't happen up in our neck of the woods anymore. He said that if a cop were to get caught giving someone a free pass anymore it would be the end of their career.

    Take it for what it is worth, but I believe him. I think that this sort of stuff is getting a lot more rare than it used to.

  • The REAL Libertarian||

    Well that's a shame. Drunk driving laws are the vanguard of statism.

  • skr||

    another punch in the nuts

  • European||

    Usually Americans say how much more freedoms do they have compared to Europeans ... and Americans can't even have an open beer in their OWN car. Hypocrites.

  • d||

    Are you being a snarky and facetious, or are you just unaware of the DW/UI laws in every European country?

  • michael||

    Don't forget about this asshole cop from LA. DUI hit and run, told his wife to lie to the cops and eventually admitted his crime. No charges.
    http://www.dailybreeze.com/new.....source=rss

  • nhl jerseys||

  • Gerald Miller||

    Those cops look after eachother don't they... What a legal system...

  • Denver DUI Attorney||

    It is sad that cops and DAs get away with DUI and are extended professional courtesies time after time. The same is true of Denver DUIs where cops look after each other and rarely investigate before throwing the book at a normal citizen.

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