MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – Milwaukee police Officer Erin K. Lelinski has been suspended for 30 days for driving drunk and becoming involved in a crash while off duty, according to the Fire and Police Commission.
The crash occurred around 9:20 p.m. June 7 outside Lucky’s Irish Pub, 789 W. Layton Ave., according to a complaint Chief Edward Flynn filed with the commission. The complaint does not indicate whether another vehicle was involved in the crash or whether anyone was injured. Lelinski’s blood-alcohol level was 0.21, more than twice the legal limit for driving in Wisconsin, the complaint says.
Lelinski was hired as a police officer in 2000. Her previous disciplinary record includes only an official reprimand for missing court, according to her personnel record.
A Journal Sentinel investigation published in October found that at least 93 Milwaukee police officers had been disciplined for violating the laws and ordinances they were sworn to uphold. Of those, 35 were disciplined by the department after being arrested for off-duty drunken driving since they were hired.
After the newspaper shared its findings with Flynn, he rolled out a new program to help officers deal with alcohol-related issues.
Since then, at least a half-dozen more officers have been disciplined for driving drunk, not including Lelinski.