A Louisiana police officer has been fired after charges that she was drinking and driving in her police cruiser. The public information officer in Mandeville was apparently terminated after she was investigated by internal affairs. She is suspected of DUI, after being found behind the wheel of her police cruiser with alcohol allegedly in her system. She apparently admitted to having a few drinks before driving the vehicle.
The incident took place on March 27. Witnesses claim that the officer drove up to a bar in her police-issued vehicle. She got out of the car, according to the report, and walked up to the door of the establishment. The doors were locked because the bar was closed, so she then proceeded back to her marked police car.
The bar owner called 911, believing that the police car had been stolen. When police arrived, the officer was still there. She stated that she'd had a few drinks while at a friend's house, and then stopped by the bar on her way home. While she has not been formally arrested, an investigation is underway, and she has been fired. This officer had previously been the face of the state's police force, running the Gulf Coast Half Marathon to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Authorities have promised a thorough investigation. Anyone who has been arrested or charged with DUI in Louisiana, or is facing disciplinary action due to a drinking and driving allegation will likely benefit from the help of a criminal law attorney. This type of lawyer can help the accused to fight against the allegations, and pursue the best result possible under the circumstances.
Source: nola.com, "Mandeville officer suspected of driving drunk in police car is fired", Kim Chatelain, April 13, 2017