Skip to comments.Miami-Dade Police Officer Told Florida Highway Patrol ("Stick Together" Before DUI Arrest)
Posted on 03/04/2014 5:36:55 PM PST by nickcarraway
Trooper They Needed to "Stick Together" Before DUI Arrest: FHP
A Miami-Dade Police officer pleaded with a Florida Highway Patrol trooper that they needed to "stick together" before he was arrested for driving under the influence during a traffic stop in Plantation, authorities said.
Officer Albert Steven Coriat, 40, was arrested back on Feb. 16 following the stop on Florida's Turnpike near mile marker 59, according to an FHP report released Monday.
According to the report, the trooper spotted a gray vehicle trying to make an illegal U-turn and stopped the car. When the trooper approached the car, he saw the driver, later identified as Coriat, had bloodshot and glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, the report said.
Coriat told the trooper he was a Miami-Dade officer and displayed his badge and police identification, and said he was fine to drive and should be let go, the report said.
"The subject then stated not to arrest him because he was a police officer and we needed to stick together," the trooper wrote in the report.
Coriat told the trooper he had stopped people in the past for DUI and had let them go, the report said.
He told the trooper he had only had two beers but when he was asked to get out of his car, he had to use the vehicle for balance and support, the report said. Coriat's speech was slurred and he was swaying while he answered questions, according to the report.
Coriat failed the field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest. He refused to take a breath test, the report said.
While he was in a holding cell, Coriat began to vomit a red liquid substance that had an alcoholic odor, the report said. Coriat laid down in the liquid and fell asleep and was later booked into the Broward County Main Jail.
“Don’t cuff me bro.”
This made news because the beat reporters were shocked that an arrest was made. That State Trooper better trade patrol areas with some trooper a hundred miles from Miami Dade.
Off duty cops are usually able to drive around with impunity - whether speeding or driving drunk - because 99.9% of the time, flashing a badge will immediately get you off the hook should you be pulled over.
If you were simply speeding, you'd get a wink and a nod and sent on your way. If you were drunk, the worse that would happen to you is that your cop "buddy" would drive you home and your car would get a free tow to the station and you'd be able to pick it up the next morning with no questions asked.
Something like that happened in Pittsburgh....but the cop showed up for duty loaded.
The sarge asked him if we was drinking...and then arrested him.
That is happening less and less thanks to PD dash cameras.
Now what happens is that the guy gets busted back a rank, if that, unless they end up making the news.
In that case, they get fired, appeal and come back after a prolonged paid vacation unless they are are they a “problem child.”
Yes, I have seen it happen.
Yep, and now I believe she has a lawsuit going.