Wrightsville Beach North Carolina Police Officer Jordan Davis Quits After Drunk Driving Arrest By Highway Patrol

July 18, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA – An officer with the Wrightsville Beach Police Department is in trouble with the law after being arrested for suspicion of driving while impaired by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

According to the police department, Officer Jordan Davis was arrested Friday morning around 1:30. Highway patrol said he stopped at checkpoint on Airlie Road and a blew a .08.

The Wrightsville Beach Police Department initiated its own internal investigation into the incident surrounding the arrest, but they said in a press release Davis resigned his position with the Wrightsville Beach Police Department before the investigation was completed.

“It is a sad day for the Wrightsville Beach Police Department as Officer Davis was one of our better officers and a rising star in the agency,” said Chief Daniel House Jr. “Our department has made many changes over the past year and Officer Davis has been instrumental in assisting with that process. This was just an unfortunate lapse of judgment.”

Davis joined the department in January 2010. He had most recently been promoted at the end of May of 2012 to Police Officer II.

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New York City Police Officer Brayan Terrazas Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Drunk Driving

July 11, 2012

QUEENS — An off-duty police officer was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning, the NYPD reported.

Brayan Terrazas, 26, was arrested just before 3 a.m. for allegedly driving drunk, police said. He was taken into custody in the confines of the 108th Precinct, which polices Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside, but cops did not provide an exact location.

The NYPD did not discuss the details of the incident, either.

Terrazas, who has been on the force for four years, has been suspended pending an investigation.

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Cedar Park Texas Police Officer Timothy Wood Arrested After Three Drunken Wrecks

July 2, 2012

CEDAR PARK, TEXAS – A Cedar Park police officer was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

According to an arrest affidavit, on June 27 just before midnight police were called to The Ridge Apartments located at 6805 Wood Hollow Drive. Witnesses told police a driver had collided with three vehicles in the parking lot.

According to a spokesperson for the Cedar Park Police Department, the driver was Officer Timothy Wood, a patrol officer for the department.

“He hit one vehicle then backed up into another vehicle and as he attempted to leave, he struck another vehicle,” witnesses say.

Police spoke with Officer Wood at the scene. They say he had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath, his speech was slurred and his balance unsteady.

He was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated.

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Twin Rivers California Police Officer Branche Smith, Charged With Beating Handcuffed Inmates, Has Two Drunk Driving Convictions – Last Was With Blood Alcohol Level Three Times Legal Limit

June 23, 2012

SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA – The Twin Rivers Unified School District officer arrested Thursday on four misdemeanor counts of assaulting detainees has two convictions for driving under the influence, including as recently as 2005 when his blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

Branche Smith, 37, was released Thursday on his own recognizance, and is scheduled to appear on the assault charges at an arraignment July 10. He faces up to four years in jail and a fine of $10,000 if found guilty on all four counts.

“We look forward to fighting them and putting on a vigorous defense,” said Christopher Miller, Smith’s attorney.
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rpench@sacbee.com – File: Corporal Branche Smith with the Twin Rivers District Police Department places crystal meth and other evidence on his police cruiser after removing it from the recreational vehicle, right. The driver of the RV – who was arrested – was parked adjacent to Kohler Elementary School for an extended period of time raising suspension from observers.

In response to Smith’s previous DUI convictions, Miller said Smith paid penalties and served his probation.

“He was hired as a Twin Rivers officer with the district having full knowledge of those charges,” Miller said.

In 2005, Smith pleaded no contest to drunken driven charges in which he had a 0.21 blood-alcohol level. The legal limit is 0.08. Smith had pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in 1997 with a blood-alcohol level of 0.19.

Earlier this month, Smith filed a tort claim against Twin Rivers Unified, in which he said he was subjected to hours of interrogation by the Sacramento Police Department about the allegations of excessive force, despite the expiration of a one-year statute of limitations for a public employer to investigate and propose discipline on an officer.

“The Twin Rivers Police Department was aware of these allegations when they occurred back in September 2010 and May 2011,” Miller said. “They elected not to investigate those allegations.”

In the tort claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, Smith said he was placed on leave one day before he was subpoenaed to appear before a Sacramento County grand jury and that he has been retaliated against for being black.

The embattled Twin Rivers Police Department has been making sweeping changes following intense scrutiny over the past eight months. The department and the school district are the subject of a grand jury investigation, the results of which will be released next week.

“For the size of the Police Department, I get more calls about them than any similarly sized department,” said attorney Stewart Katz, who is well-known for his lawsuits against law enforcement for use-of-force issues.

Katz represents Lawonda Bailey, who is suing the Twin Rivers school district and district police Officer Jason Smith over allegations that Smith used excessive force following a traffic stop. Officer Jason Smith is not related to Officer Branche Smith.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office filed charges Thursday against Branche Smith, accusing him of choking Demonte Kelly, then 18, and Andrew Latshaw, then 21, and threatening Austin Westall, then 20, with a stun gun.

The men were detained with two others at the Twin Rivers Police Department pre-booking facility about 3 p.m. Sept. 17, 2010, according to court documents.

The five subjects were arrested on Longdale Drive as suspects in various crimes, including obstructing an officer, assaulting an officer, conspiracy, inciting a riot and resisting arrest.

No charges were filed against Kelly, Latshaw or Westall, according to online court records.

Acting Twin Rivers Police Chief Scott LaCosse said Smith was not at the scene during the incident that led to the five subjects being arrested. Smith entered the pre-booking facility later while the subjects were being detained, LaCosse said.

A case summary filed in court documents indicate there were numerous Twin Rivers police officers in pre-booking when Smith entered the room. An officer digitally recorded the events.

The case summary said the accounts of the detained subjects and police officers who witnessed the incidents are consistent in saying that Smith choked Kelly and Latshaw while they were handcuffed and threatened Westall by holding a Taser inches from the suspect’s chest.

In a separate incident May 30, 2011, Smith is accused of kicking Jacob Paul, then 25, in the head while the subject was on the floor at the Sacramento County jail.

Smith originally arrested Paul, a parolee-at-large, after Paul ran when Smith stopped to talk to him, according to the case summary against Smith.

Paul told investigators that Smith pulled over on the side of the freeway and choked him for moving too much in the back seat of the patrol car.

While at the county jail, Smith allegedly entered Paul’s cell and slammed the inmate’s head into a wall. Smith said Paul was resisting, according to court documents.

After entering the cell, a deputy said, “Officer Smith ‘booted’ Paul in the face as Officer Smith walked out the cell.”

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Veteran Harris County Texas Deputy Constable Henry Ervin Williams Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Drunk Driving With 4 Year Old Child In Car – Found Unconscious Behind Wheel On Roadside With Motor Still Running

June 22, 2012

HOUSTON, TEXAS – A Harris County deputy constable was suspended from duty after being charged with driving drunk with his 4-year-old son in the car with him, Local 2 Investigates reported on Friday.

Precinct 3 deputy Henry Ervin Williams, 34, who has patrolled northeast Harris County neighborhoods for the past three years, was booked on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.

Harris County sheriff’s deputies said they got a call around 4:30 pm. Thursday that a man was passed out behind the wheel on the roadside off Stonefield Manor and C. E. King Parkway.
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Deputies said they arrived to find the engine running, but they were unable to get a response from the driver.

After knocking on the glass with their flashlights, deputies finally got the attention of Williams, who was in his personal car and off duty.

The 4-year-old child was in the passenger seat, according to the police report.
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Broward County Florida Deputy Sheriff James Ottinger Arrested After Drunken Wreck And Leaving The Scene

June 17, 2012

COCONUT CREEK, FLORIDA – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested on driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident with damages, and careless driving charges.

Coconut Creek Police arrested Deputy James Ottinger on Wednesday, June 13, at 3 a.m. in the morning.

The police report has yet to be released, but according to sources, Ottinger had an accident and then fled the scene.

His employment status is not immediately known.

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Cheraw South Carolina Police Officer David Warren Watson Arrested, Fired, And Charged With Drunk Driving In Unmarked Patrol Car

June 7, 2012

CHERAW, SOUTH CAROLINA – Suspicious driving in the parking lot at Bojangle’s in Chesterfield, at nearly 3 a.m. Saturday morning, prompted a concerned citizen to call the police, and ultimately led to the arrest of David Warren Watson, an off-duty Cheraw police officer, for driving his unmarked police car under the influence of alcohol, according to police.

According to the incident report from the Chesterfield Police Department, the responding officer, Cpl. Robert Adams, saw a vehicle leaving the parking lot at Bojangle’s that matched the description given; a white car with tinted windows. The report said the caller had seen the car “backing around in circles and pulling up parallel with the building in the truck section of the parking lot.”

Adams followed the vehicle and said he was planning “to perform a traffic stop to identify the subject and inquire why the subject was in the parking lot at that time of night,” when the suspect turned into the driveway at 911 W. Main Street in Chesterfield, Watson’s home.

Adams turned on his blue lights and pulled in behind the suspect. When the suspect got out of the car, Adams recognized him as a member of the Cheraw Police force. He also noted that Watson was barefooted, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, and had a “slurred speech,” the report said.

Although no open containers, or other evidence, was found in the car, Adams said “there was an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle as well as from his person.”

The report said, “Watson admitted that he had been drinking earlier that day.” However, he refused to take a field sobriety test, police said.

Watson was told to wait by the car for minute, but instead, followed Adams toward the patrol car in a “wide and erratic step,” said Adams, “which inferred that he was impaired.”

Adams then asked Watson to stand at the rear of his patrol car while he put in a call to Chesterfield Police Chief Eric Hewitt. When Adams looked back over his shoulder, Watson “was going inside the door of the house” and managed to lock the wooden door just as Adams reached the storm door.

Watson then refused to respond or to unlock the door. It was not until after Lt. Lisenby prepared a search warrant, and went to Judge Davis’ residence to get it approved and signed, that Watson emerged, police said.

“Upon return Chief Hewitt and Keith Thomas from the Cheraw Police Department had talked Watson into coming out,” said Adams. He was arrested without further incident.

Cheraw Chief of Police Jay Brooks has issued this statement: “David Watson is a fine officer and person who has made a very dangerous mistake. We deeply regret this for him, his family and friends, and this department.

“He will be afforded the full ‘due process’ of the law, as anyone would, however due to violation of several department and town policies, Mr. Watson is terminated effective immediately. The men and women in law enforcement are held to a higher standard, as are all people that work in public service,” Brooks said.

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