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Detective arrested for driving under the influence

An Alexandria Police Department detective faces driving under the influence charges after he was involved in a single car accident. He crashed his city-issued vehicle into a concrete pole. The car was provided to the department with taxpayer money. The accident happened at the corner of Gibbon and South Patrick Streets in Alexandria, a New York Criminal Lawyer was told.

The detective, who was off-duty at the time of the accident, refused to take a breathalyzer test when the police arrived about 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the accident location. He is also facing charges of unreasonable refusal for rejecting the breathalyzer test.

The mayor of the city said the incident could not be tolerated. “It doesn’t represent the characteristics of the hundreds of outstanding men and women of our police department. Hopefully, this is just an isolated incident,” said the mayor.

He was taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries related to the accident. The injuries were considered minor.

The detective’s court date has not been officially scheduled, but he is on paid administrative leave. The department is running an internal investigation into the DUI said the department’s spokesperson.

This is not the first DUI incident the department has faced. Back in 2009, the former police chief was arrested in Arlington after drinking drunk. The current police chief, who replaced the former one after he was arrested, and the city manager may be taking a closer look at the department’s policies to keep DUIs from occurring again, explained a New York Criminal Lawyer.

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