St. Louis Police Officer Arrested after Crash with Other Officer

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Friday, December 30, 2011

A decorated member of the St. Louis Police Department was arrested after an early-morning Dec. 24 car accident with another police officer that seriously injured a passenger. The first officer, who is suspected of driving drunk, has been suspended from the police force.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the arrested officer was off duty when he allegedly drove the wrong way down a one-way street around 2:15 a.m. on Dec. 24. He had a passenger in his car when he collided with a Chevy Silverado driven by another police officer returning from an assignment.

The most seriously injured person in the accident was the suspect’s passenger, a 28-year-old man. He was listed in serious condition with head injuries, including bleeding in his brain cavity. The on-duty officer was treated at a nearby hospital for hip and leg injuries and was released.

Officers who responded to the scene reported they found two empty beer bottles in the suspect’s car. The suspect allegedly said he did not recall the accident, appeared “disoriented and confused” and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol. He was arrested and charged with DUI and two counts of second-degree assault. The police department’s internal affairs division is also investigating the case.

The suspect has been on the force for nearly three years, serving in District 8. He was named the district’s officer of the year in May 2010. His passenger hopes to become a police officer and had planned to enroll in the Police Academy in January.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “St. Louis officer charged with driving drunk, hitting another officer,” Jennifer Mann, Dec. 24, 2011

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