Intoxicated Officer Arrested After Reports Of Reckless Driving

On November 13 a police lieutenant was pulled over and cited for being extremely intoxicated while behind the wheel.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Filipiak was pulled over in northern Michigan’s Rust Township after an officer reported a truck swerving on the shoulder of the road just minutes prior. 

The intoxicated police lieutenant pleaded with officers repeatedly to let him go or “sleep it off” before being removed from his vehicle.

Deputy Zachery Morrison of the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office said that Filipiak complied with the deputy’s demand to get out of his truck after he had asked the off-duty lieutenant to cooperate several time.

Morrison also informed Filipiak that there were multiple reports of his reckless driving.

“What would you like me to do?” Morrison asked Filipiak, as seen in the video.

“Uh, just let me go, I’ll be fine,” Filipiak responded.

“I can’t, I have multiple phone calls,” Morrison said. “You’d be in the same situation if I was in the vehicle in your county, correct?”

“All right, just let me stay here then,” said Filipiak, with his hands up, pleading with the officer.

“You can’t,” he replied. “I’m going to ask you nicely to step out of the vehicle. Brian, my hands are tied. If I let you go, I’m going to lose my career over you. You think I wouldn’t? This is northern Michigan, we’re a small department.”

Filipiak again asked Morrison to “just let me go.”

“You’re a lieutenant, you know how this works,” he told Filipiak.

Filipiak was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an internal investigation of his arrest. MLive.com reported that Filipiak registered blood-alcohol levels of 0.28 and 0.27 on breath tests after his arrest.

Filipiak, a 21-year veteran of the department, also faces a charge of misdemeanor operating while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 or higher. The punishment he may face is up to 180 days in jail, fines up to $700 and up to 360 hours of community service.

Filipiak is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Jan. 6. He is currently out on bail.

See the video of the arrest below.

H/T: New York Post

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