Dallas Police Officer Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

Dallas Police Officer Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

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 the nation.

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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