I guarantee if you or I did this in Utah, we’d be in cuffs and in a cell-block at the end of the night, not on frickin’ “paid administrative leave:”
Lt. Fred Swain veered off the shoulder of a highway in Draper early June 23, overcorrected and hit the barrier that separates the lanes, Lt. Doug McCleve said Thursday.
Swain said he fell asleep at the wheel, but officers suspected he had been drinking, said Draper police Sgt. Scott Peck. Swain refused to submit to a breathalyzer test until two patrol captains talked to him, Peck said.
The test showed that Swain’s blood-alcohol level was nearly 0.12 percent, Peck said. Utah’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.
Swain was placed on paid administrative leave while the patrol conducts an internal investigation.
Must be nice to be such a hypocrite about the DUI law (minimum sentence for first offense in Utah: 48hrs in jail, $700 fine, 90-day suspension) and get paid to hang out at home while awaiting
a trial an internal investigation that will likely be dropped.
And considering he was driving a police car when this happened, it makes me wonder if he’s ever… you know, arrested someone for DUI while actually drunk himself. Talk about irony.
Update: In searching for a photo of this guy, I found out that he quit the Utah Highway Patrol on Friday. It’s too bad it took such a dramatic event for him to realize the hypocrisy of his position, but it seems justice will prevail in the end here.