What do you do when you stop a fellow cop for a DUI investigation? This is the classic oral board question for entry-level officers. But how is it handled it in the real world? The options for police officers are typically these:
- Make the arrest for DUI if the investigation justifies it.
- Call a friend or family member to pick-up the impaired driver.
- Lock the vehicle, book the keys for safe keeping, and drive the person to safety.
- Call a cab.
Naturally there are other options, but these include the primary alternatives. And yes, for those outside of law enforcement, these decisions are used for all citizens, although admittedly less frequent.
Deputy Zachery Morrison of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department was faced with this situation, and now the circumstances have been viewed by tens of thousands via YouTube.
Body cam video
Fellow cop gets arrested
Deputy Morrison arrested of Lt. Brian Filipiak of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department. According to mlive, Filipiak had a blood alcohol content of 0.28 and 0.27 percent on breath tests.
We know this account will stimulate many responses, favorably and unfavorably. It is not our intention to publicly humiliate the man.
However, our motive is simple. As a peace officer, you should know your limit. If you desire to drink in excess, have a plan that does not involve operating a motor vehicle. Do not put a fellow officer in the unfortunate position of arresting you!
The case is still working its’ way through court, according to the Alpena News.
(Feature image from YouTube video)