Off-Duty Officer Driving Drunk, Carrying A Firearm

August 23rd, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Kenosha News reported a story about an off-duty police officer driving under the influence and crashing his car into a tree. D. Nicholas, 24, allegedly drove off the road into a ditch, smashed into a mailbox, and hit a tree in the front yard of a residential building. Nicholas, an Illinois man, was driving in Kenosha when the incident took place.

Nicholas’ accident took place around 12:45 a.m., and when officers responded to the scene, they found a black Dodge Ram against a large tree, with Nicholas stumbling around outside and the airbags deployed inside the car. The reports said part of the tree was knocked down, and the car had notable damages in the front. Nicholas’ breath had smelled like alcohol, and he had refused medical treatment, said one of the officers.

Nicholas was carrying a .380 pistol, and he told the officers he is a police officer in Illinois. He could not, however, provide them with his badge. After Nicholas had failed field sobriety tests, the officers had asked him to do a preliminary breath test which he then refused. He had said he does not want to fight the nurses, but would not give a blood sample either. Nicholas was arrested for drunk driving, but was not charged for being armed while intoxicated.

In addition to being a police officer, Nicholas is also a member of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists. According to ”Top Cop” statistics on the alliance’s website, Nicholas had made 12 DUI arrests in 2010.

This story is a perfect example of the fact that everyone makes mistakes. If you made a mistake similar to Nicholas’, and you are now facing DUI charges, make sure you have an experienced legal professional to help you. Get the best DUI attorney in Illinois to help you, and contact our drunk driving lawyers today.

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