Veteran Alaska State Trooper Eric Burroughs Charged With DUI After Drunken Wreck In State Vehicle – Almost 2 MONTHS After Crash

June 8, 2011

ALASKA – An Alaska state trooper has been charged with drunken driving nearly two months after police say he drove a state-owned SUV into two vehicles in Eagle River, court records show.

The veteran trooper investigator, Eric Burroughs, had a blood alcohol level more than five times the legal limit to drive, even hours after the collisions, according to charges filed in court this month.

Burroughs, 44, fled from one of the accidents, leaving his front license plate at the scene, charges say.

Burroughs showed signs of impairment the night of April 8, when Anchorage police found him slumped inside the unmarked, blue Ford Explorer issued to him by troopers.

A trooper for 13 years, Burroughs is now charged with drunken driving and failing to report a collision, both misdemeanors. He has not worked since the incident and remains on paid administrative leave, collecting $3,649.50 in pay every two weeks, troopers said.

Col. Keith Mallard, the head of the troopers, said in May that the agency would conduct an internal investigation into the incident. A trooper spokeswoman declined to say Tuesday whether that investigation is under way.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell refused to talk in detail about the case. She referred questions to the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. Calls to the OSPA’s director went unanswered Tuesday.

According to charges filed in court June 2, the trouble began when Burroughs was driving the Explorer on Driftwood Bay Drive and struck a Chevrolet pickup.

Police spotted tire marks that indicated Burroughs hit the accelerator after colliding with the Chevy, the charges say.

While police found a license plate from the Explorer at the site of the accident, it’s unclear what first led officers to Burroughs’ house two blocks away. The unmarked vehicle was registered under a fake name, a common practice, said Mallard, the trooper commander, in May.

When police found Burroughs just before 7 p.m. outside his home, he was still in the driver’s seat of the Explorer with his chin on his chest, charges say. The SUV had just slammed into Burroughs’ own Toyota 4Runner, according to a police report.

The Explorer’s front license plate was missing, the charges say.

The court papers say Burroughs’ eyes were closed. He only responded to police when they shook him. He was unable to perform field sobriety tests, according to the charging document.

An ambulance drove Burroughs to a hospital. After police received a search warrant for his blood, a technician drew two vials for testing at about 10:50 p.m., the charges say.

A later analysis showed more than 0.40 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, according to the court documents. The legal limit to drive is 0.08.

“By anybody’s standards, that’s a lot of alcohol on board,” said Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew, who spoke briefly about the case Tuesday.

Asked why the charges came eight weeks after police say they first found Burroughs intoxicated inside the trooper vehicle, Mew said the case hinged on lab results.

“The nature of the evidence, plus the follow-up work necessary, plus (a) change of command (at OSPA) I think all added up to making this case take a little bit longer to get through the system,” he said.

Burroughs was on the job the day of the collisions but off duty when the crashes occurred, Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety Robert Gorder said in May.

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Department Of Justice Still Hiding Documents, Won’t Pay Claim, After FBI Agent Wrecked $750,000 Ferrari During Joyride

May 28, 2011

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – An FBI agent assigned to move a rare Ferrari wrecked it during a short drive in Kentucky, and its owner is now suing the U.S. Justice Department, which has refused to pay $750,000 for the car.

The Justice Department recently responded to the lawsuit by saying it’s not liable for certain goods when they’re in the hands of law enforcement. The government also has refused to release most documents related to the crash.

The Ferrari F50 was stolen in 2003 from a dealer in Rosemont, Pa., and discovered five years later. The FBI kept it in Lexington, Ky., as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

FBI agent Fred Kingston was to move the Ferrari from a garage in May 2009. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson said Kingston invited him on a “short ride.”

“Just a few seconds after we left the parking lot, we went around a curve and the rear of the car began sliding,” Thompson said in an email released to Motors Insurance Co., the dealer’s insurer.

“The agent tried to regain control but the car fishtailed and slid sideways up onto the curb. The vehicle came to rest against a row of bushes and a small tree,” Thompson said.

He was not hurt, but Kingston needed a few stitches for a cut on his head.

Motors Insurance took ownership of the car after it paid the dealer for the theft. The company told the government that the 1995 Ferrari, one of only 50 in the U.S., suffered substantial damage in the Kentucky crash and is a “total loss.”

“At heart, it is a race vehicle” and is not built like a typical car, truck or SUV, the insurer said in a claim for payment, partly explaining why it sought $750,000.

The Southfield, Mich.-based company filed a lawsuit in March after the Justice Department refused to pay. Motors Insurance has also filed a lawsuit to try to get records about the incident through the federal Freedom of Information Act.

The government has been secretive, saying most records are exempt. It only released Thompson’s email.

“We don’t really know what happened. We’ve asked for a lot of information,” Motors Insurance attorney Richard Kraus said in an interview this week.

A judge has set a June 13 hearing in the case.

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El Reno Texas Police Officer Chris Leal Arrested, Suspended, Charged After Drunken Wreck In Patrol Car And Leaving The Scene – Patrol Car Found On Roof In Ditch

April 22, 2011

EL RENO, OKLAHOMA – An El Reno Police Officer stands accused after a car accident this past weekend. We’ve learned off-duty officer Chris Leal was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

The El Reno Police Chief tells us that his officers arrived on the scene around 6 a.m. Sunday.

They found one of their K9 patrol units on it’s top in a ditch.

They then went to Officer Leal’s house to determine if the car had been stolen.

No one was home at the time.

The Police Chief tells us Leal was found about 2 miles from the crash scene and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and taken into custody.

Two family members and one passenger were also at the crash sight.

They were treated for minor injuries.

Right now Leal is on unpaid leave pending an internal investigation.

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Veteran Flagler County Florida Deputy Sheriff Diego Morales Arrested, Suspended, Charged With DUI After Wreck, Leaving Scene With Bodily Injury

March 30, 2011

FLAGLER COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Florida Highway Patrol on a charge of driving under the influence in connection with a traffic accident that happened in December.

Diego Morales, 31, was booked into the Flagler County Sheriff’s Inmate Facility with an additional charge of leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury. He was also cited for careless driving. He was booked into the jail just after 4 p.m. and was released after posting $500 bail on the two charges.

“Obviously, we are disappointed with the deputy’s conduct,” Flagler County Sheriff Donald Fleming said. “This is an FHP case, so we will not be commenting further on the incident.”

Morales, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office since September 2002, has been placed on paid administrative leave. An internal affairs investigation will be completed.

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Dumbass Veteran Honolulu Hawaii Police Officer Boyd Kamikawa, Awaiting Sentencing On Drunk Driving And Hitting Pedestrian, Arrested After Wreck While Driving On Suspended License

March 26, 2011

HONOLULU, HAWAII — A veteran Honolulu police officer awaiting sentencing for a drunken driving case in which he hit a pedestrian is in trouble again.

Officers arrested Boyd Kamikawa at his Pauoa Valley home Monday on suspicion of driving without a license.

Kamikawa was involved in a fender-bender with another car in downtown Honolulu about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Kamikawa’s license was revoked following his DUI arrest last April. In that case, a 61-year old woman suffered minor injuries when Kamikawa hit her while she was in a downtown crosswalk.

Sentencing in that case is set for May. He pleaded no contest in that case.

Kamikawa has been on the force for 24 years and is currently on desk duty, according to the Honolulu Police Department.

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Veteran Solon Ohio Police Officer Christopher Petranic Arrested And Suspended After Drunken Wreck

March 11, 2011

SOLON, OHIO – An off-duty Solon police officer has been arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Twinsburg.

According to Solon police, at approximately 2 a.m. March 10, off-duty officer Christopher Petranic left the roadway near Darrow and Post roads in Twinsburg and struck a tree. He was driving his personal vehicle and was not injured.

Twinsburg Police, upon investigating the accident, found probable cause to believe that Petranic was intoxicated and impaired. He was subsequently arrested for Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated. Petranic has been placed on leave from duty.

Petranic, 43, is a 13-year veteran of the Solon Police Department currently assigned to the patrol division. He resides in Aurora.

The Solon Police Department will be performing a thorough internal investigation into the incident, and the events leading up to the incident.

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Tulare California Police Officer Shannon Oliver Arrested After Drunken Wreck In Patrol Car – Nearly 3 Times State Alcohol Limit

March 6, 2011

TULARE, CALIFORNIA – An off-duty police officer arrested for drunk driving was officially charged by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators say Tulare Police Officer Shannon Oliver was off-duty when she crashed her marked patrol car into a fence in Visalia. Tulare Police say she had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit. Oliver is set to appear in court on April 12th.

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