On Nov. 28, an on-duty Dallas police officer was arrested on suspicion
of driving while intoxicated, the
Dallas Morning News reported.
The officer, J. Covey, 33, was arrested at around 5 p.m. on Saturday.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Covey drove into high water
in the 4500 block of Elsie Faye Heggins Street in South Dallas. That’s
when two officer responded to the scene. The affidavit stated that Covey
staggered out of the squad car, appearing to be disoriented.
One officer found an empty plastic cup in the car that smelled like alcohol,
according to the affidavit. Covey was taken to Baylor University Medical
Center, where the officers performed a sobriety test and found signs that
he was under the influence of alcohol.
At first Covey denied drinking or that he knew what was in the plastic
cup, but he eventually caved and admitted that the cup had whiskey in
it and that he drank some that morning.
Covey repeatedly insisted that he was not drunk, and that he was not drinking
in the car, according to the affidavit.
According to the document, Covey said that he didn’t know why he
was getting arrested for DWI when he wasn’t even drinking.
Covey, who is a resident of Mesquite, has been working for the Dallas Police
Department since January 2008, according to the department. He is currently
working in the southeast patrol division. The department as placed him
on administrative leave while his internal investigation is pending.
Alcoholism in Law Enforcement
Covey’s DWI arrest is not the first of its kind, especially for the
Dallas area. The
Dallas Morning News ran an article about how officers drink due to various factors, including
stress and peer pressure. However, this is not a problem that only plagues
our local police departments, it’s occurring in departments across
In the article, one former longtime Colorado law enforcement officer told the
Dallas Morning News that the job is toxic and if officers don’t take care of themselves,
it’ll catch up to them.
In an interview, J. Sprague, a Colorado homicide detective said that during
his decades on the job, he lost close friends in shootings and he saw
hundreds of bodies. In 2003, he killed a man that attempted to stab his
partner. He said the emotional toll led him to seek comfort in alcohol.
Sprague’s story is a common one, and it exemplifies what’s
happening in the lives of law enforcement officers across America.
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