Although people hold law enforcement officers in high regard, these men and women sometimes make mistakes that can have profound effects on their lives. One recent incident in New York shows that police officers are only human and might make mistakes from time to time.
The most recent incident happened when an off-duty homicide detective was allegedly driving drunk in the middle of the afternoon. The man reportedly rammed a vehicle with his 2000 Escalade. It wasn’t until over an hour later that he was stopped. He refused to take a Breathalyzer test and is said to have smelled like booze, had slurred speech and had watery eyes.
The officer, who has more than 20 years with the police department, has to appear in court on June 27 for the drunk driving charge. He was released without having to post bail.
This case comes on the heels of two other incidents that happened recently. In one, an on-duty police officer was allegedly drunk and shot his partner in the wrist. In another, a deputy was allegedly drunk off-duty and shot a man six times.
Police officers have tough jobs. In this most recent case, the man has to deal with horrible and violent crimes as part of his regular job duties. While that isn’t an excuse for his behavior, it might explain the alcohol use.
Just like anyone who is charged with a crime, this detective has the right to defend himself against the charges at hand. It is important for him to understand what any possible plea deals or convictions might mean for him in a personal and professional capacity.
Source: AM New York, “NYPD detective James Nash arrested for drunk driving” Alison Fox, May. 29, 2014