A 21-year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol is on unpaid leave after being stopped for drunken driving at 7 a.m. Monday morning, March 22, while he was on duty.
The Associated Press reported that motorists on Colorado State Highway 470 in Denver called 9-1-1 after spotting 48-year-old David Dolan weaving in traffic in his patrol car.
Sheriff’s deputies pulled him over and handcuffed him as a TV news helicopter hovered above.
Dolan was charged with DUI. And because he had his sidearm while he was allegedly intoxicated, he was charged with prohibited use of a weapon.
The head of the Colorado State Patrol is quoted as saying, “Images like that tarnish our badges.”