A police officer that is believed to have been driving while intoxicated has been arrested in relation to a two-vehicle crash in which both drivers were injured on October 6. Connecticut police believe that the officer was DUI at the time of the crash. She was subsequently arrested, and she has been released on bond and is currently on medical leave.
According to the report, the 56-year-old officer was driving her Subaru station wagon on Route 64 near Quassy Amusement Park. Just before 6:40 p.m., her station wagon crossed the center line, and the vehicle crashed into a Chevy Blazer driven by a 19-year-old. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals, but even though the officer's station wagon caught fire, she was thankfully not burned.
The accident was investigated, and the investigators determined that the officer was at fault for the accident, so she was arrested for DUI. However, the arrest was based on odor of alcohol, police observations and witness testimony; the officer declined to submit to a Breathalyzer test. The 16-year veteran was also charged with failure to drive to the right.
In Connecticut, first-time DUI offenders may be able to enroll in an alcohol education program and undergo probation, allowing the DUI charge to be erased from their records if completed. However, refusing to take a Breathalyzer test could result in a six-month license suspension. Connecticut first-time DUI offenders could greatly benefit by exploring all their legal options in the hopes of forming the best defense for their case.
Source: ctpost.com, Officer on medical leave after DUI crash, John Pirro, Oct. 15, 2013