For some people who drive while intoxicated, the biggest threat is not the possibility that they will cause harm to others, but that police will notice that they're driving erratically and pull the car over, resulting in a drunk driving arrest. But what goes through the mind of a law enforcement officer who chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking too much?
An Ohio state trooper doesn't appear to have considered the consequences of driving under the influence. The Columbus police officers who arrested him last week said he was not just mildly intoxicated, but extremely drunk. A test revealed that his blood alcohol content was three times the legal driving limit.
The officer was stopped after crashing into two parked cars. Police said he attempted to drive away from the accident, but an eyewitness call to 911 and damage to his car stopped him before he could get very far. He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of a crash.
To make matters worse, this wasn't the first time the trooper had been caught drinking and driving. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to OVI, serving a few days in jail along with two years of probation.
Although no one was injured in this drunk driving accident, it's frightening to think that the trooper hasn't learned his lesson. Considering the repeat charges, Columbus residents can only hope that he doesn't take the risk of seriously harming someone else by driving drunk in the future. After all, we rely on law enforcement officers to protect us -- not cause serious injuries or death.
Source: WBNS-10TV, "Ohio State Trooper Accused Of Driving Drunk, Crashing Into Parked Car," Feb. 18, 2014