Drunk driving arrests and accidents can increase over the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's people out celebrating with family and friends end up driving home after having too much to drink. While many police departments have increased patrols out over the holidays, some police officers have not been swayed by the increased enforcement and end up under arrest for drinking and driving while off duty.
A police sergeant and a detective from North Andover, Massachusetts were visiting Pennsylvania when Sgt. Daniel Crevier crashed the department's Dodge Charger into an unoccupied trailer. According to an investigation, Crevier fled the scene despite suffering injuries in the accident. Crevier and Detective Brendan Gallagher were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Since the accident, Crevier has been charged with drunk driving. According to a news report, Crevier told the department that he'd been drinking at a strip club before the crash. The two had been in Pennsylvania to attend an accident reconstruction conference.
In Indiana, a state trooper saw a vehicle driving erratically in the early morning hours. A black Honda Civic was passing in the left lane and crossed multiple lanes to exit the interstate and driving on the shoulder. The trooper pulled the vehicle over and the driver turned out to be a Hammond police officer.
The trooper reported smelling alcohol on 30-year-old Mathew L. Anderson's breath. After performing field sobriety tests and taking a preliminary alcohol screening test, the police officer was charged with a DUI and unsafe lane movement.
An off-duty officer from the Cape Coral Police Department was driving at around 2 a.m. when she apparently missed a curve in the road. Officer Emily Zyvoloski lost control of her vehicle which jumped a curb, crashing into a residential garage. No one in the home was injured, but officer Zyvoloski was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The department said the crash was alcohol-related and the 9-year veteran will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Addressing concerns that the officer would receive preferential treatment, Chief Dave Newlan said, “We hold ourselves and our officers to the highest standards of conduct, both on and off-duty. This crash is being investigated just like any other would be under similar circumstances.”
However, some residents are crying foul after the wife of a police officer near Atlanta had charges against her dropped after a DUI arrest. According to an investigation, officer Marc Lofton's wife was arrested after a blood alcohol test showing 0.204 %, more than double the legal limit. However, her case was later dismissed.
At the Gorelick Law Offices, attorney Lynn Gorelick has dedicated her legal career to defending anyone facing drunk driving charges in the East Bay, including police officers, firefighters, and even lawyers. With over 30 years of DUI defense experience, Lynn Gorelick understands what it means to fight for you. Contact the local East Bay DUI defense attorney who will stand up for your rights, so you can keep a clean record and stay out of jail.