HORICON, WISCONSIN – An off-duty Horicon police officer was arrested Friday after being stopped for drunken driving, then having police find a handgun in the center console of his personal vehicle, authorities reported.
Brandon Mantych, 27, was arrested and tentatively charged by West Allis police with endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and cited for operating while intoxicated, according to a news release from the Horicon Police Department.
Mantych was stopped for a moving violation by West Allis police, and an investigation by the officer resulted in the OWI. The endangering safety allegation stems from Mantych’s blood alcohol content being above the legal limit of 0.08, police said.
The gun found in his vehicle was a personal handgun and not his service handgun, the release said.
Horicon Police Chief Joseph Adamson said in the release that Mantych has been on the force for almost three years.
“He remains on the police department and has an otherwise good service record,” Adamson said.
Adamson could not be reached for comment to say whether Mantych has been suspended.
An internal investigation also will be conducted by city of Horicon officials and the Horicon Police Department, the release states.
West Allis is a Milwaukee suburb.