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Ex-Sergeant John Flanagan Could Lose Police Certification for DUI

In addition to the typical penalties for a DUI - such as jail time, fines and license suspension - a DUI conviction could negatively impact your employment.

Take, for example, former Phoenix police sergeant John Flanagan. Flanagan was arrested for felony DUI charges in March and fired from his job in August. Now, he could lose his police certification entirely because of his DUI conviction, reports The Arizona Republic.

Flanagan faced felony DUI charges after he was caught driving under the influence while his two children, ages 5 and 7, were in the car in Surprise. A breath test revealed that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.178 percent, more than twice the legal limit. Flanagan reportedly admitted to drinking “three drinks, each containing about three shots of bourbon” earlier that night, according to The Republic.

The 13-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department eventually pleaded guilty in October to two counts of aggravated DUI and one count of extreme aggravated DUI, which were downgraded to Class 1 misdemeanors in his plea bargain. He served 10 days in jail and received two years’ probation and 80 hours of community service, according to The Republic.

Three months later, Flanagan still has to deal with the consequences of his costly DUI mistake. The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board will be determining if it should completely strip him of his Arizona police certification.

Phoenix drivers should take Flanagan’s case to heart and seriously consider attempting to drink and drive, even if you think you are not intoxicated. The consequences of a DUI could have lasting effects on you and your family.

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