The first time Brian Simpkins was arrested on a charge of drunken driving — after ramming his Chevy pickup into a tree in Canton — he was just 19.
Simpkins is one of at least 30 Massachusetts law enforcement officials who have been charged with drunken driving while off-duty since the start of 2012, a Globe review has found. The crashes collectively killed three people and injured more than a half-dozen others.
Though some officers resigned or were placed on unpaid leave after the charges, a majority kept their jobs, sometimes after a short suspension.
The responding sheriff’s deputy reported Piedmont exhibited signs of alcohol consumption and refused to submit to a breath test. Piedmont told the deputy that he struck a parked vehicle while checking his cell phone for a message, according to the arrest report.
Piedmont was taken into custody without incident. In addition to DWI, he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while utilizing a mobile device and refusal to submit to a breath test
A Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputy was arrested on DUI and child endangerment charges following a crash Thursday afternoon while he was off duty.
According to Gwinnett police, Dep. Anthony C. Pesaresi of Auburn was driving a 2013 Ford Edge down Braselton Highway in Dacula around 5:30 p.m. when a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder turned in front of him off Hog Mountain Church Road. The Ford then hit the Nissan in the rear.
A Prince George’s County Police officer has had his police powers suspended after the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Police Department charged him with DUI on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Corporal Arvester Horner was off duty at the time of his arrest.
MIAMI, FLORIDA — According to the police arrest report for Miami Police Officer Christopher Dave Vital, he was observed passing emergency vehicles, a fire truck and police cars which had their lights flashing, as he zoomed down a highway at speeds of over 100 mph. After being stopped, he was charged with DUI and arrested.
Chief Petty Officer Michael Padgett was reporting for duty, when the California Highway Patrol stopped him one mile from the Coast Guard gate at Yerba Buena Island.
In his report, the officer said he smelled a strong odor of alcohol. “And I noticed his eyes were red and watery and his speech was slurred,” the officer said. “As Padgett walked, I noticed he had an unsteady gait.”
Authorities said Padgett had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 on a breath test, more than twice the legal limit.
DURHAM (08/24/2014) — North Carolina Central University confirmed Friday that Police Chief Timothy Bellamy is no longer on the school’s staff.
The news comes almost two weeks after Bellamy was charged with driving while impaired.
Sheriff Moose Butler emphasized the incident happened while Caldwell was off duty.
“We’re going to to treat him, give him the respect he deserves as an officer,” Sheriff ‘Moose’ Butler said.
Methuen police reported that Eric Wayne, 41, of Lowell was headed west on Riverside Drive in a 2013 Land Rover at about 12:30 a.m. when it appears he crossed the center line and crashed into a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer near the intersection of Strathmore Road.