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Watch out, Denver! Cop reinstated after 143 mph drunken joyride
dailycaller.com ^ | 5-23-2012 | Steven Nelson

Posted on 05/24/2012 4:00:13 AM PDT by servo1969

A troubled Denver police officer has been reinstated after a three-member panel of the city’s Civil Service Commission overturned his termination for driving 143 miles per hour while drunk.

Derrick Saunders was arrested on June 17, 2010 for cruising 88 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. He had a .089 blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest.

This wasn’t the officer’s first run-in with the law. Since he was hired by the police force in 2007, other felonious allegations against Saunders include brandishing a gun to scare McDonald’s employees into working faster.

ABC 7 reports that in 2009, Saunders, then assigned to securing Denver International Airport, grew impatient while waiting for his order at the fast food restaurant. He allegedly pulled a gun on employees when they failed to prepare his food with the utmost haste.

A jury acquitted Saunders of the gun-brandishing allegations in April 2010 — one month before his undisputed high-speed joyride.

In canning Saunders, who pled guilty to drunk and reckless driving charges, city safety manager Alex Martinez wrote, “The fact that you drove at this dangerous speed while your ability to drive was impaired by alcohol is shocking.”

The three-member panel of the Civil Service Commission that reviewed Saunders’ case, however, decided that Martinez had “failed to prove any extraordinary aggravation” and “also failed to consider mitigating factors.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: cop; drunk; reinstated; speeding; standingarmy
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To: servo1969

Send all the DUI cases to the civil service commission. See how they like it.


21 posted on 05/24/2012 6:17:55 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Venturer

“I don’t know what they used to catch him.”


Motorola!

No car/bike can out run Motorola!


22 posted on 05/24/2012 6:40:29 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: Wurlitzer

” Now you might outrun my old Chevrolet but you can’t outrun my own two way”

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Sheriff-Of-Boone-County-lyrics-Kenny-Price/D4CEE385A784192048256E610009785C


23 posted on 05/24/2012 6:52:45 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: samtheman
Let me see, the reason he was reinstated is because ______

Because he is union member and the civil service commission that investigated the charges is made up of current or former UNION MEMBERS.

24 posted on 05/24/2012 6:58:17 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: PowderMonkey

Darwin’s law is self-limiting, but the laws he broke are there to protect the rest of us. The number of little roadside shrines to dead motorists I saw on I-25 from Denver south to the New Mexico border still haunts me.


25 posted on 05/24/2012 7:58:43 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: carriage_hill

Can you imagine yourself going ten miles over the speed limit and being pulled over by this clown?


26 posted on 05/24/2012 8:48:33 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

I’d bet he writes tickets at 6-7mph over the limit, to make his quota for the revenue. Every driver should have the article in their car, and flash it at him, asking “Is this YOU, drunken clown with a badge?” That’d be good for a ticket, a clubbing and a hate crime charge, probably.


27 posted on 05/24/2012 12:16:27 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: servo1969

Lessee, Civil Service Commission = “Holder’s People”? $10 says probably so.


28 posted on 05/24/2012 12:19:26 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: servo1969

Wonderful. Now when this clown kills some innocent person the entire City of Denver will be on the fiscal hook for it.


29 posted on 05/24/2012 12:26:44 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: servo1969
The speeding is ridiculous, but

He had a .089 blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest.

I have a hard time regarding .089% as "drunk". The old limit was .1%, and that seemed about right to me.

That said, his judgment was poor regardless of his BAC, and he should have been drummed out for it.
30 posted on 08/28/2012 9:15:28 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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