Off-duty Oakland County deputies arrested

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Two off-duty Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies were arrested Thursday, one for suspected drunk driving, after they were involved in a traffic crash in Pontiac, officials said.

The incident occurred at 11 a.m. Thursday at University near Paddock when the vehicle driven by one of the off-duty deputies rear-ended a vehicle driven by a 70-year-old woman, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released.

When deputies from the Pontiac substation responded to the accident scene, it was apparent that the off-duty deputies involved had been drinking, the sheriff’s office said. Both were arrested and lodged overnight in the Oakland County Jail.

“This is completely unacceptable on more levels than I can list,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard in a statement Friday. “Law enforcement is held to a higher standard. They have violated the public’s trust and will be held accountable for their inexcusable actions.”

The driver was arrested for allegedly operating while impaired and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. The passenger was arrested for allegedly being in possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Both weapons were off-duty handguns, officials said.

Investigators conducted blood-alcohol testing on both deputies. The Sheriff’s office said investigators will present the case to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for criminal charges once the test results return.

The Sheriff’s Office said it has begun termination proceedings for the deputies, who each have been on the job for less than 19 months.

Both were suspended and their deputy statuses revoked, officials said. The office also confiscated their agency-issued equipment, badges and IDs.

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