On March 22, 2010, a Colorado State Patrol Trooper was arrested on the suspicion of driving under the influence while on duty. According to an article by the Associated Press, the trooper left his home station in Colorado Springs early Monday morning and was en route to the State Patrol training academy located in west Denver. The 48-year-old trooper was pulled over after several people had reported that his vehicle was driving unsafely. He was also captured on film by a local television helicopter.
Authorities claim that the trooper was carrying a gun at the time, so he was charged with the prohibited use of weapons in accordance with Colorado State law in addition to a DUI charge. Persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol are strictly forbidden to carry firearms. According to authorities, the trooper is currently on unpaid leave pending an internal investigation.
The chief of police indicated that being a state trooper is a very difficult job that often comes with a lot of stress. The accused trooper has been with the State Patrol for 21 years.
While this situation is unfortunate, when faced with a DUI charge, all persons are innocent until proven guilty. You may want to talk to an experienced DUI Colorado Springs defense lawyer who can investigate your case and build the strongest possible defense. The skilled Colorado criminal defense attorneys at the Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can provide you with the legal knowledge and skill needed to defend your rights. Contact us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free consultation of your case.