Cops Arrested for DUI: Law Enforcement Officers Arrested DUI

Cops arrested for DUI? How many officers are arrested for driving while impaired? No one knows. But Stinson and colleagues identified such officers during a six-year period.

There were 782 charges that involved the arrests of 750 officers. They were employed by 511 nonfederal state and local law enforcement agencies. They were in all 50 states and DC.  

Also, they studied events that may have influenced the decision to arrest. That includes traffic accidents, serious injuries, deaths, resisting arrest, fleeing, refusing to take blood alcohol content (BAC) tests.1

                                              Body Cameras

“Professional courtesy” and deciding against arrest is probably also reduced by the widespread use of body cams. As can be seen in this body cam, the soon-to-be arrestee police captain tries get the officer to turn off his body cam videos.

Oklahoma City police Captain James “Matt” French at least four times asked an arresting officer to turn off his body cam after he was pulled over for DUI.

During the stop, French failed a field sobriety test. 

Police Chief Gregg Hall

The O’Fallon (MO) Police Department (PD) in said Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall was Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). An officer performed several field sobriety tests and said he failed them. He said he was “hammer drunk.”

Yet Hall was not arrested. He was driven home by another police chief. Another example of “professional courtesy.” Or “blue advantage.”

Police Chief Mary O’Connor

Tampa PD Chief Mary O’Connor was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy. She knew the camera was on. Yet she showed her badge and said she was Tampa police chief. She even said “I’m hoping that you’ll just let us go tonight.”

The mayor lobbied for her appointment. In 1995, O’Connor had committed battery on a law enforcement officer.

But there were consequences. Within a week, she was placed on paid leave. The mayor asked her to resign. O’Connor did so

                 Some Law Enforcement Arrests for DUI 

Two points are important to remember.

 (1) When police arrest people (even other officers), it doesn’t prove that they’re guilty. They’re really arrested “on suspicion of driving while impaired.” But police rarely arrest people who are not found guilty of DUI.

 (2) In about 72% of cases, the arresting officer was not from the arrested officer’s employer.2

(3) When people resign they’re often offered that or be fired.

I. Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, and High-Ranking Law Enforcement Officials Arrested for DUI


Sheriff Terry Gray

In KY, Sheriff Terry Gray was arrested for DUI. He had driven his marked vehicle to a school while students were there. It was at 2:29 p.m. 

A school officer school called KY State Police. They said the Sheriff  smelled of alcohol. Troopers said Sheriff Gray had extremely slurred and slow speech.

Gray reportedly left the school and went home. He then called the troopers. When they arrived, they found the Sheriff standing next to his marked car with the driver-side door open.

Sheriff Kevin Owen (Click to listen.)

Sheriff Kevin Owen (SD) was arrested for DUI. A deputy from another county made the arrest. The deputy noticed a car driving erratically. It swerving and driving in and out of its lane. 

The deputy pulled the car over and made the arrest. He was also charged with making unsafe lane changes.

Sheriff Todd Pate

The sheriff of a county (KY) was found guilty of DUI. Todd Pate was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He also had one year of probation after that.

Four years later he was again arrested for DUI. This time crashed into a car. Officers saw Pate hiding beer at the scene. His BAC was about twice the legal limit. A witness saw Pate asleep at the wheel crossing four lanes of traffic.

The crash sent one person to the hospital. He was charged with DUI and wonton endangerment X4. Also reckless driving and terroristic threats.

Residents had petitioned Pate to resign. State law does not allow voter recall of elected sheriffs.

Sheriff H. Wayne DeWitt

Sheriff H. Wayne DeWitt (SC) arrested for DUI and leaving leaving scene of an accident with injuries. Driving a county-owned truck, he rear-ended another and fled the scene. The other driver was taken to a hospital.

He was arrested by state troopers after he failed a field sobriety test.  His license was revoked after he refused to take a BAC breath test. He was then taken to jail.

DeWitt had been sheriff for 20 years.

Former sheriff  Wayne DeWitt was again arrested for DUI. This time is was by Goose Creek PD.

Sheriff Mark Lillywhite

Sheriff Mark Lillywhite (MI) was going almost 100 mph when he rear-ended another vehicle at 2:20 a.m. There were no major injuries in the crash. State Police responded to the scene. They and arrested the sheriff. His BAC as over than three times the legal limit. Lillywhite pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and carrying a weapon.

County commissioners voted to send a letter to the governor asking her remove the sheriff. 

Police Chief Brian White 

Dierks (AR) officials say Police Chief Brian White was driving a police patrol car outside of Dierks. He ran into a ditch.

The sheriff said the car had been removed from the ditch. Someone had driven the chief home. State troopers him there. They arrested him for DWI.

The Dierks mayor suspended the chief with pay. But White resigned quickly.

Police Chief Michael Redmon   (Go to site to read more.)

Bethany Beach (DE) PD chief Michael Redmon was  arrested for DUI. A trooper said Redmon was pulled over at 12:19 a.m. in Selbyville, DE.

State policy does not permit reports about whether a death test was given. Nor what Redmon’s BAC was.

Less than six months later, the chief was fired for misusing overtime funds.

Police Chief Fabian Rivera

Macedon (NY) PD Chief Fabian Rivera was charged DUI in two county towns, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Rivera crashed his patrol car around 8:15 a.m. It was towed from the scene. But the police chief was found nearly two miles from the crash.

Deputies charged Rivera with DWI and aggravated DWI. Macedon police also charged him with DWI.

Rivera was issued appearance tickets to return to both Macedon Walworth town courts. 

Rivera went out on a voluntary unpaid leave after an problem at a restaurant. There, Rivera was drunk and fell often. As a result, he injured himself. 

Rivera had previously worked for the Rochester PD for more than two decades. He became a commander there

Police Chief Matt McCutcheon (Go to site to read more.)

The Grayslake (WI) PD police chief was charged with DUI. He was also charged with being armed while intoxicated. 

Chief Matt McCutcheon had a car crash. When deputies arrived, they said was nearly lost his balance. He was taken to the county jail.

The chief was put on paid leave.

Police Chief Shane Zilles

Utah troopers arrested Mantua PD chief Shane Zilles for DUI. They received many reports car weaving and speeding. He was going 86 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Zilles is reported to have pled guilty and fired. He paid a $1,300 fine, is on probation, and must take random tests for alcohol and drugs.

Police Chief Wade Allen Nash — who is in his,Sgt. (Go to site to see video.)

The Polson (MT) PD chief was arrested for DUI.  The Poison PD asked MT Highway Patrol (MHP) to investigate a crash. It was within the city limits at 4:08 a.m.

Police chief hit a parked vehicle. MHP arrested Nash at the crash. Nash refused BAC test.

Nash was no longer chief. He decided to retire within a few weeks. He used sick leave to do so.

Police Chief Jody O’Bier

Olla (LA) police chief Jody O’Bier was arrested for DUI. The deputy saw a car on the road shoulder with a man standing outside it. The time was 2:17 a.m. The deputy stopped to investigate. He wanted to give help, if needed.

The man was the police chief urinating. When he stopped, he fell against the car. The deputy smelled alcohol and O’Bier’s speech was slurred. He couldn’t complete sentence “without stumbling his words.”

O’Bier stated that he refused to take a field sobriety test or a BAC test. He said officers are trained that if they are arrested for DUI, they should refuse all tests. The deputy didn’t disputed this.

The deputy questioned the passenger. She said she drank less than O’Bier. But she called for a ride. She thought she was too drunk to drive.

O’Bier had been appointed chief to fill the vacancy. Yet he was elected by the public to that position. After being arrested himself!

Sheriff Scott Stephenson

Several people called to say a car was stopped on the side of the road. They said a man was slumped over the steering wheel.

Shortly after 4:00 pm, officers found sheriff Scott Stephenson asleep. He failed a field sobriety test. Michigan has a “super drunk” case that begins at .17. But the sheriff’s BAC was .233.

Police Chief James Secreet  (Click to see video.)

The police chief of Scott Township (PA) was arrested for DUI. A NC trooper stopped for a lane violation. He was on his motorcycle. It was right after 11:00 p.m.

Chief James Secreet showed sign of impairment and was arrested. He was taken to the Cumberland County jail.

The Scott Township PD was unaware of the arrest until asked by a reporter.

Police Chief Brian Pesce 

Bordentown Township (NJ) police chief Brian Pesce. The chief ran over a street sign and mailbox. He unable to walk or stand without help. 

Hamilton police found him in the street. His keys and cell phone were in the middle of the street.

They charged him with DWI.

Asst. Police Chief Nicholas Doe  (Click to see another video.)

Earlsboro PD (OK) assistant police chief fired. Nicholas Doe drove his truck into into a concrete wall on an interstate highway, blocking traffic.

Doe failed a field sobriety. Refused to take a breath or blood test. He was then arrested for DUI.

Police Chief Mike Farley (Go to site to see video.)

Lake Angelus PD (MI) chief arrested for OWI. (That’s the same as DUI.)

Keego Harbor police did not charge Mike Farley with having a gun while intoxicated. (That would have denied him a pistol, without which he couldn’t be an officer.) Not charging him with this is at the digression of the arresting officer. Farley could have also been charged with resisting arrest.

Police Sgt. Peter Fekkes 

Indianapolis PD (IN) Sgt. Peter Fekkes faces three charges after a drunk driving. That’s after troopers arrested him.

Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Michael K. Dunn 

A sheriff’s chief deputy Michael K. Dunn was arrested by AR trooper. He had seen Dunn’s vehicle swerve almost entirely off the road.

Dunn was charged for DWI and for refusing to take a breath tester. (More accurately called a breath estimator.)

Dunn was found guilty of DUI. He had to pay an $800 fine and was sentenced to one year in jail. Yet all but one day suspended. For that day, he received credit for time served in jail.

Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Filipiak  (Click see another video.)

A deputy of a different county arrested Lt. Brian Filipiak of a sheriff’s office. He was responding to several 911 calls about a reckless driver. The deputy saw Filipiak’s truck swerving on the shoulder. Then the truck went over the center line. 

The Lt. goes on the shoulder as he passed a MI conservation officer. That officer was also responding to the 911 calls about a reckless driver. 

The deputy from another county arrested Filipiak for DUI. He had a BAC of 0.17. That’s over twice the legal limit.

Filipiak is no longer a lieutenant and no longer a deputy. But he still works at the sheriff’s office.

This wasn’t Filipiak’s first time his alcohol and police. Three years earlier there were two instances when police were called because he was drunk. 

In the first case, he was drunk in an airport. His daughter feared riding with him home. He was highly drunk. The second case he was drunk and had a verbal domestic dispute. Police were called to the scene.

Police Sgt. Chris King  (Click to see video.)

A North Myrtle Beach (SC) PD Sergeant was in a crash in Surfside Beach. Witnesses saw a man flee from the crash. He was later identified as sgt. Chris King. He was charged with DUI and hit-and-run involving property damage. 

A woman claimed to be the driver. But several witnesses said the man was the driver.

Why did King run from the crash? King said it the woman he was with was his ex. He didn’t want his wife to find out. The ex said she knew he was an officer and didn’t want to get him in trouble.

Sgt. King serves as the supervisor of the traffic division.

Police Lt. John Chew (Click to see different video.)

Several people called 911 to an erratic driver who was speeding. The

Lower Township (NJ) PD Lt. John Chew was arrested. His BAC was more than four times the legal limit. Although only 48, he retired promptly.

He received a license suspension for seven months, after which he needed to have an ignition interlock for six months. He was fined almost $700 and required to spend 12 hours a week drunk driver resource center.

His PD withheld his arrest from its Facebook page.

Twelve years earlier, Chew followed a hit-and-run crash. He searched for vehicle debris to a house. It was the home of a different Lower Township police officer. Chew arrested him on various charges.

Police Det. Joseph Marche

East Cleveland PD Detective Joseph Marche was arrested for OVI. (OVI = DUI.) It was in the city of Bratenahl (OH). He was driving a marked patrol car.

He was given a 30 day suspension without pay. That’s not the only problem. Officers must take a refresher course if they have left working for a PD for more than one year. That’s a legal mandate. Marche left for 14 years. Until the refresher course is take, people are not allowed to engage in law enforcement. Nor to carry a firearm. 

Yet Det. Marche was working as an officer. And he had firearms on his person and in his patrol car.

Police Sgt. Shane Smith  (Click to view another video.)

Folly Beach (SC) PD Sgt. Shane Smith was arrested in uniform for DUI by state troopers. He crashed into the rear of a car and fled the scene. It was with his police van.

People called 911 about an erratic driver. A Charleston PD officer found Smith and pulled him over. State troopers arrived and arrested him. He had a BAC of .00 on a breath tester. He refused a blood and urine test. Perhaps because he was on drugs.

Smith was placed on leave. He resigned, perhaps forced to do so.

Lt. Ben Opelt

Camden (AR) PD Lt. Ben Opelt was arrested for DUI. Within a few days, he was fired. Opelt challenged this before the Civil Service Commission. It developed an over 500 page report, and upheld the firing.

He then filed a civil lawsuit appealing that decision. He then requested voluntary dismissal. That’s because he was guilty of DUI and refusal to breath BAC testing. 

Opelt was sentenced pay fines of $850 in fines. To six months probation. Also a required DWI class. His drivers license was suspended.

Police Sgt. Vincent Corso  (Click to see video.)

Jersey City (NJ) PD Sgt. Vincent Corso was pulled over. He was highly drunk so he was arrested. But then the officers searched his wallet. When they saw his badge, one said “holy crap!” They quickly took off his handcuffs. Then they arranged for someone else to drive him home.

Once the video was made public, he was again arrested. He pleaded guilty.

Capt. Robin Chapman (Visit site to read more.)

Montgomery (AL) PD reported the arrest of one of its own. Capt. Robin Chapman was driving drunk and had a two-car crash. It was within the city limits.

Chapman was relieved of duty and put on paid leave. The PD began action to punish her.

The captain has been with the Montgomery PD for ten years.


And the list of sheriffs, chiefs of police, and high-ranking law enforcement officials goes on and on…….


                II. Officers & Deputies Arrested for DUI


Officer Chaunte Ford  (Click to see video.)

Witnesses saw St. Lewis Park (MN) PD officer Chaunte Ford hit a car and flee. She was charged with DWI, hit and run, careless driving, among other things.

Ford screamed “I hate f*****g cops! I hate that I’m a cop! All of you guys do is attack black people!” She then pulled her pants down, squatted, and urinated. She also resisted arrest.

Officer Raymond Barrantes (MADD Award Winner)

Raymond Barrantes had received an award from MADD. It was for making the most DWIs in the entire department.

A sheriff office deputy saw Barrantes driving erratically around noon on a Saturday so pulled him over. The deputy then called the CA Highway Patrol. Barrantes was then arrested.

CA is one of only five states that decertify officers for misconduct. That means they can continue working.

Riverside PD officer Larry Gonzalez was arrested for DUI. Yet he was later appointed chief of police in that PD. In fact five officers have in that PD have criminal convictions!

Officer Amanda Myers

After a very minor accident, Parma (OH) officers were called to a bar parking lot. There they found Kelleys Island police officer Amanda Myers. She worked at the bar as a side job. She told cops that she’d had several drinks that day.

The other driver told Parma officers that that Myer had offered him money to replace the broken headlight. (Myers had been arrested a little over five years before for OVI. Perhaps she feared another arrest for the same thing.)

Myers said this to the arresting officer. “And the owner of the bar is [name]. His brother is the Prosecutor. He knows the mayor. We’re all cool.”

She said “I can’t believe you’re doing this like to another another f****** cop! What’s the hell is wrong with you!

She also said “Dude, I hope karma f****** bites you in the ass!”

The Kelleys Island court her not guilty of OVI and “BAC refusal w/prior.” But she was found guilty of of reasonable control. That is, if a person has possible control of a vehicle. Myers was fined $315.

Officer Casey Hancuff   (Click to see another video.)

A Boise PD officer was given a ticket for DUI. Casey Hancuff was cited by a sheriff deputy.

The deputy said Handcuff was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests. The breath test gave his BAC as 0.111. That’s well over the legal legal limit of 0.08.

Yet the officer was not arrested! Deputies can decide whether to arrest an offender or give them a ticket. Year to date, that counties deputies had charged 142 people with DUI. Yet only 16 of them were given ticket. All the rest were arrested.

His name is familiar in Boise. That’s because MADD has given him awards. Local TV has interviewed him many times about DUI. The Boise PD brags about his thousands of arrests in two decades. But officer Hancuff escaped being handcuffed!

Deputy Adam Joseph Zitzelberger 

Someone called 911 to say he was following a truck that was speeding and running vehicles off the road. A trooper (AR) soon pulled the driver over.

It was deputy Adam Joseph Zitzelberger. His BAC test (.187) was over twice the legal limit. He failed field sobriety tests. Then he was arrested for DWI and speeding. 

He pleaded guilty to both charges. The deputy got a 30 day suspended sentence. And he had to complete a required DWI class. Yet he didn’t lose his job.

Officer Amanda Street [Click for story]

A Normal (OK) PD officer was arrested for DUI, running a stop sign, and illegal lane usage.

She is Amanda Street, who has been with Normal PD for over 18 years. She was on paid leave. Street was forced to resign.

Officer Benjamin Coreas    (Click to see another video.)

A  Las Vegas police officer, Benjamin Coreas, was arrested for DUI. He caused a three car crash. It resulted in a six-hour closure of a freeway.

He was arrested for DUI, reckless driving, and failure to decrease speed and use due care. One driver was critically injured in the crash.

Officer Shelby Alyse Coniglio

A County (FL) deputy was fired. That’s because she was arrested for DUI with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or higher. Shelby Alyse Coniglio was pulled over by a St. Pete police officer at about 1:03 a.m. 

Police said Coniglio showed signs of impairment through slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and unsteadiness on her feet. Police also said she had an odor of alcohol on her breath.

Coniglio agreed to perform field sobriety tests but “performed poorly on them.” She had a BAC level of .206 and .219. Both breath tests were over 2 and 1/2 times the legal limit.

Officer Kaitlyn MacDonald  (Click to see news video.)

An officer of the Ocala (FL) PD was arrested by  a fellow officer after she was DUI and crashed into a pole.  Officer Kaitlyn (Katie) MacDonald. She admitted to having at least seven beers before the crash. Her BAC was measured at .198 and .200. That’s about two-and-one-half the legal limit. 

She was fired the next day.

Officer Anthony Armbruster‘I+Smell+Alcohol!’:+Ohio+Cop+Arrested+for+Suspected+DUI+After+Refusing+Breathalyzer  (Click to see another video.)

Video shows an off-duty Elmwood (LA) PD officer Anthony Armbruster. He was found asleep on the steering wheel of his vehicle with a strong odor of alcohol. He had failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test. Armbruster was arrested by a St. Benard PD officer..

Officer Brent Otis Bartlett  (Go to site to read more.)

Juneau police officer Brent Bartlett was arrested for DWI. The off-duty officer after his truck collided with another truck. The other driver was taken to the hospital for injuries that weren’t life-threatening. Bartlett is a member of the Juneau PD. 

Officer Bartlett registered a BAC of 0.238%. That’s almost twice times the legal limit. 

He “separated” from the Juneau PD. Bartlett was again arrested for second DUI. He should have had an Alcohol Court available. They address the basic causes of DUI.

Sheriff’s Deputy John Guzman  (Go to site to see another video.)  (Go to site to see another different video.)

Orange County (FL) deputy John Guzman was asleep was asleep (or passed out) in the seat of his car with the door open. Outside the door he had vomited.

The St. Cloud police arrested him for DUI. Deputy Guzman was temporarily relieved of law enforcement duties.

Officer Tyler Berry

An Amherst (NH) PD officer, Tyler Berry, crossed over the center line of a highway. His truck then killed Sierra Croteau, age 21. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Berry was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital. He was arrested leaving the hospital. Berry was charged with felony aggravated DUI.

Officer Michael Lanouar (Click to see another video.)

A Scottsdale (AZ) PD officer, Michael Lanouar, had a crash while driving off-duty in a city vehicle. He was arrested for DUI. His BAC of .198%. That’s well over double the legal limit. Both people in the other car were hospitalized. 

He’s now charged with aggravated assault and endangerment. That’s because the crash caused serious physical injury to another person. That’s a felony, a serious crime. If convicted, he would be sentenced at a minimum of five years in prison

Officer Brandon Bicknell (Click to read more.)

A Denver (CO) PD officer, Brandon Bicknell, was arrested for DUI. He was also charged with domestic violence and harrassment.

Bicknell said he started drinking around 6 p.m. He was arrested by Northglenn PD officers about six hours later. Bicknell said he had drunk “a lot” and had passed out.

He did a sobriety test, which he failed. A breath tester estimated his BAC at 0.186. That’s over twice the legal limit. He was suspended with pay.

Officer Angel Aguila Perez 

Perez, a Des Moines (IA) PD officer, was arrested for OWI and possession of a dangerous weapon while under the influence. (OWI is DUI.)

Perez has been in the Des Moines PD five years. The PD is????

Officer Chad Spain

A Wichita (KS) PD officer was arrested for DUI. A deputy from the sheriff’s office charged Chad Spain with both DUI and transporting an open container.

The PD has employed Spain for 23 years. The sheriff’s office is investigating Spain’s case 

Officer Jonathan Schueller

Maricopa (AZ) PD officer Jonathan Schueller was first arrested for DUI (drugs) close to midnight. He had scraped a concrete barrier wall with his car. A witness followed him and called 911. Schueller pulled into a parking lot and waited. When police from Chandler arrived they said that he was sweating and shaking.

Schueller had not been drinking. He said he had taken several legal drugs. But not all had been prescribed. He  was arrested for DUI drugs and possession of a dangerous drug. His blood contained Ambien, Xanax, and oxycodone.

He was limited to his house while the investigation continued. Before it was over, he was again arrested. This time he drove into a yard and crashed into a tree. He fled the scene. Yet another witness followed Schueller and called 911.

Schueller resigned from the Maricopa PD. He pleaded guilty to DUI drugs for each arrest.

Officer Donovan Rojas

A deputy saw a car speeding 108 mph through a 45 mph zone. He tried to pull the car over. During the chase, the car was going 111 mph. Finally the driver pulled over. When he got out, he said he was a cop.

Donovan Rojas was an officer with the Miami-Dade PD. He was charged with DUI. Also felony fleeing an eluding an officer.

Officer Justin Shields

A Cincinnati (OH) PD officer was arrested for OVI (OVI = DUI) and speeding. A state trooper made the arrest of Justin Shields.

Body cam shows Shields showing the trooper his badge.  He said he had “literally nothing” to drink many times.

He was sentenced to serve 3 days in a drivers’ intervention program, 16 hours of community service, and three years probation.

Deputy John Guzman  

Orange County (FL) deputy John Guzman was asleep (or passed out) in the seat of his car with the door open. Outside the door he had vomited.  

The St. Cloud police arrested him for DUI. Deputy Guzman was temporarily relieved of law enforcement duties


And the list of officers and deputies goes on and on…………


Resources: Cops Arrested for DUI

Web Pages
Stinson, P. et al. Drink, drive, go to jail? A study of Police officers arrested for drunk driving, J Crime Just, Journal of Crime and Justice 3(3), 2014, 356-376.

Do you know of any sheriffs, chiefs of police, or high-ranking law enforcement officials arrested for DUI? (Or even any cops arrested for DUI?) If so, please inform hansondj [at sign] potsdam [dot] edu/. Thank you for your help!