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Bridgewater DUI Lawyer: Nationwide, Police Officers charged with DUI are treated differently than ordinary people. In a recent Boston Globe article, the story of Massachusetts State Policeman Brian Simpkins showed how well police are treated when charged with DUI. Simpkins was only 19 years old the first time he was arrested for DUI after ramming his truck into a tree. The second time he was arrested passed out in his vehicle with the engine running was in 2012 when he was a Massachusetts State Trooper. Simpkins was so drunk that he handed his credit card to the police officer in response to a request for his drivers license.
Bridgewater DUI Lawyer: Simpkins refused the evidential breath test. The Judge found him not guilty of DUI based on mistakes made by the arresting officer. The Massachusetts State Police kept Simpkins on the payroll to do office work until his suspension for the refusal ran. Simpkins is back on his $130,000 a year job as a Massachusetts State Trooper patrolling for drunk drivers.
Bridgewater DUI Lawyer: Simpkins is not alone among police officers being stopped for DUI: Since 2012 at least 30 Massachusetts police officers have been charged with DUI. No one knows how many were simply released once their identity as police officers was made known.
‘[It is] customary practice when a stop is made on a fellow police officer . . . [to] not call in the stop.’ — Massachusetts Civil Service Commission report
Bridgewater DUI Lawyer: This practice of not charging fellow officers is called Professional Courtesy. This practice is especially appalling since police culture appears to be we play hard; we drink hard. Not surprisingly, police departments do not keep records of the number of officers arrested for DUI or release the identities and information about officers charged with DUI.