New York City Police Officer Salisha Alirasul Arrested After Drunken Wreck – Third NYPD Officer Arrested In 4 Days

July 11, 2012

QUEENS, NEW YORK – An off-duty police officer was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated after striking a parked car early Wednesday, the NYPD reported.

She was the third NYPD officer to be arrested in four days.

Police Officer Salisha Alirasul, 34, refused to take a breath test and was taken into custody about 2:15 a.m., a police spokesman said.

The collision took place within the 103rd Precinct, which includes Jamaica, Hollis and Lakewood, but the spokesman did not provide an exact location.

Alirasul sustained minor injuries and was treated at Jamaica Hospital.

Alirasul’s arrest occurred one day after Police Officer Kofi Nsafoah, 36, was arrested in Brooklyn for allegedly choking his wife during a dispute.

On Sunday, Police Officer Brayan Terrazas, 26, was arrested in Queens for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

Both were off-duty when the incidents reportedly occurred.

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Dallas Texas Police Officer Erica Montanez Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Drunken Wreck And Leaving The Scene

July 11, 2012

DALLAS, TEXAS – An officer with the Dallas Police Department was arrested last night for drunk driving after she allegedly got into a wreck on the Central Expressway service road and drove away without leaving insurance information.

DPD announced a few minutes ago on their Facebook page that Officer Erica Montanez , a two-year-veteran assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal and internal affairs investigations into the crash.

According to the police report, Montanez was off duty and headed south on the Central Expressway service road when she stopped her 2003 Honda Accord coupe for a red light at Mockingbird. She was in the left-turn-only lane but went straight when the light turned green, crashing into a car turning left from the adjacent lane, causing no injuries but about $1,500 in damage.

The other driver watched in his rearview mirror as Montanez drove off and merged onto the highway. He followed her to Knox-Henderson, where she exited. When he pulled alongside her at a red light, she pulled across four lanes of traffic. He pulled alongside her again in the parking lot of a Shell station, at which point Montanez presented him with proof of insurance.

When the driver noticed that the insurance card contained only a man’s name and that Montanez was a woman, he called police, who arrested her.

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Michigan State Police Gladstone Post Commander Lt. William Smith Arrested And Suspended After Drunken Wreck

July 11, 2012

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN — Authorities in the Upper Peninsula are investigating a crash that led to the arrest of a state police post commander on a drunken driving charge.

The Daily News in Iron Mountain says Lt. William Smith was arrested Saturday by police in Sault Ste. Marie for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Chippewa County Prosecutor Brian Peppler says the arrest followed a traffic accident in a personal vehicle.

Peppler says no charges have been authorized pending results of a blood test.

The 43-year-old Smith was appointed commander of the Gladstone post in April. He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Peppler has worked with Smith in the past and says he’s asked state Attorney General Bill Schuette to appoint an outside prosecutor for the case.

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Veteran El Paso Texas Police Officer Adrian Gonzalez Arrested, Placed On Administrative Duty, And Charged After Drunken Wreck

July 4, 2012

EL PASO, TEXAS – A veteran El Paso police officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a parked car early Sunday.

Police said officers arrested Adrian Gonzalez, who has been with the department for 18 years, at about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 7800 block of Parral in the Lower Valley. No injuries were reported in the crash.

Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears said Gonzalez, 47, was arrested after he apparently struck the parked car and remained on the scene for officers to arrive.

The responding officers recognized Gonzalez, who appeared to be intoxicated, and called a police supervisor to the scene, Mears said. Following an investigation, the officers arrested Gonzalez and booked him into the El Paso County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Jail records show Gonzalez was booked into the jail at 8:12 a.m. Sunday and released at 10:44 a.m the same day.

Mears said Gonzalez, an officer assigned to the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center, has been placed on administrative duty as officers conduct an “administrative investigation” into his off-duty conduct.

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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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Trial To Begin For Former Windsor Locks Connecticut Police Officer Michael Koistinen – Killed Bicyclist In 70 MPH Drunken Wreck – Father, Police Officer Robert Koistinen, Also Faces Trial For Hindering Investigation

May 19, 2012

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – Nineteen months after teenager Henry Dang was struck and killed while riding his bicycle in Windsor Locks, jury selection is set to begin for the trial of a former police officer accused of crashing into the high school sophomore.

The prosecution and defense in the case of Michael Koistinen of Suffield are scheduled to start picking jurors Monday in Hartford Superior Court. The trial is slated to begin June 19.

The former police officer is charged with first-degree manslaughter, misconduct with a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence in the Oct. 30, 2010, accident that killed the 15-year-old Dang. Koistinen, 26, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all three charges.

Police say Koistinen had been drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages for several hours, including outside a University of Connecticut football game and at a Suffield bar, before he struck Dang at more than 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. One of the Windsor Locks officers who responded to the scene was Koistinen’s father, Sgt. Robert Koistinen.

A state police investigation found that Robert Koistinen drove his son away from the crash site to the police station and back as many as three times, and later prevented an investigating officer from interviewing and getting a blood sample from Michael Koistinen when he was treated at a hospital.

Robert Koistinen was charged with hindering the investigation and awaits trial. Both father and son were fired from the police department.

An 82-page independent investigation report found a series of problems with the way police responded to the accident, including officials’ failure to question Michael Koistinen about possible alcohol consumption at the scene and their failure to test his blood-alcohol level. The report found no evidence of a cover-up, but faulted department officials for a lack of leadership and poor management.

Troopers said authorities found an unopened 30-pack of beer, several other unopened beer containers and many bottle caps in Michael Koistinen’s car. They also said a beer glass was found near the scene and officials believe Koistinen threw it from his car, which resulted in the tampering with evidence charge. Police and paramedics at the scene said they didn’t notice any signs of Koistinen being intoxicated.

Because a blood test wasn’t done, authorities said they couldn’t charge Koistinen with drunken driving. Court records show that hospital officials destroyed a urine sample from Koistinen under hospital policy before police obtained a search warrant for Koistinen’s medical records.

Michael Koistinen’s former lawyer had denied allegations that Koistinen was drunk, and blamed the accident on the night’s darkness.

Dang’s family settled its wrongful death suit against Michael Koistinen and a former tavern owner last year for $420,000.

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Veteran Hamilton County Tennessee Deputy Sheriff Thomas Fulmer Arrested After Drunken Wreck

March 6, 2012

HAMILTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE – A Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputy is suspended with pay pending his first court appearance after he was arrested on a DUI charge by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Friday, according to booking reports.

Deputy Thomas Fulmer, 47, who has been with the department nearly 10 years, was off duty when the incident occurred.

Fulmer was driving a 2006 Ford F-250 east on Walnut Road when he was unable to stay on the road while negotiating a curve, according the report.

He veered off to the right side of the road way and into a yard before cutting back across the road way and striking a mailbox. Fulmer lost control of the vehicle and went back across the road where the truck entered a ditch, overturned and struck a street sign. The pickup stopped on north side of Walnut Road, according to the report.

Fulmer sustained minor injuries from the crash and refused treatment on scene.

If there is enough evidence presented at his first appearance, he will be placed on leave without pay pending the outcome of his trial.

If convicted, it could mean Fulmer will lose his job.

“Generally that’s not compatible with his job as a police officer. … It’s difficult. As officers we are held to a higher standard,” said Sheriff Jim Hammond.

Fulmer is scheduled to appear in court March 19 before General Sessions Court Judge Ronald Durby.

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