For anyone who has been pulled over by police officers here in the East Bay, they do a pretty good job of making you feel guilty, even if you haven't done anything wrong. If you end up under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, many police officers show few signs of understanding or empathy, like you are the only person who has ever made such a mistake. However, police officers can be arrested for drunk driving just like anyone else.
A California Sheriff's deputy out of El Dorado County was recently arrested for his third DUI in a matter of months. According to the California Highway Patrol, Deputy John Anthony Broadfoot, of South Lake Tahoe, was arrested this month on suspicion of a DUI after crashing his car into a parked vehicle. He is also facing charges of obstructing officers in the performance of their duties.
Deputy Broadfoot has also had two other DUIs in the past few months. In December, he was arrested on suspicion of a DUI, and a few weeks ago he was again arrested for a DUI after he rolled his vehicle after drifting off the side of the highway. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license.
Across the country, law enforcement similarly find themselves on the other side of a chemical breath test. In Virginia, a Virginia Beach police officer was pulled over by officers and arrested on suspicion of a DUI. Her blood alcohol content tested at 0.23%, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08%. She may be facing additional charges because she had two young children in the car at the time.
While these officers ended up under arrest for drinking and driving, in some cases, police officers invoke a “get out of jail free” card, also known as “professional courtesy” to get a ride home instead of a ride to the jail. Video from a DUI arrest in Minnesota has recently come out showing two officers arresting an alleged drunk driver, before letting him go after they found out he was a police officer himself.
It is not only law enforcement who can end up on the wrong side of a DUI arrest, but lawmakers in California have also found themselves facing drunk driving charges. Two Los Angeles City Hall employees were recently arrested in separate incidents on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Fredy Ceja, a spokesman for a city councilman was arrested for a DUI after crashing his car into a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles. The L.A. Times reports that Ceja may have had previous DUI arrests from 2003, 2006, and 2009. A couple of hours later, another councilman's field deputy Fredy Torres was also arrested for a misdemeanor DUI. Unfortunately for the city, Torres was even driving a city-issued vehicle when he was stopped by police and arrested.
Anyone can be arrested for a DUI, but that does not mean you have to plead guilty. At the Gorelick Law Offices, attorney Lynn Gorelick has dedicated her legal career to defending people charged with driving under the influence in the East Bay. With more than 30 years of DUI defense experience, she understands the penalties involved, and knows how to fight to keep your arrest from ending in a conviction. Contact your local East Bay DUI defense attorney who will make sure you get the justice you deserve.