Talk about being a hypocrite. A Tucson officer has been arrested for drunk driving while on duty, ExplorerNews.com reports.
Lynsey Coutts, a 4-year veteran on the Tucson Police Department, was scheduled for a morning shift on Tuesday. According to police, Coutts was late and drunk. Now she’s out of a job.
Coutts was scheduled to start her shift at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. At around 9:20 a.m., she called her supervisor and told him she was speeding on Interstate 10 near Avra Valley Road and was afraid she might hit another car.
Coutts’ supervisor told her to pull off the Interstate at the Avra Valley exit. Officers located Coutts’ vehicle and found her in the driver’s seat, exhibiting signs of intoxication.
Coutts was given a Breathalyzer test. She reportedly had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.235, just under three times the legal limit. Police arrested Coutts on suspicion of DUI.
According to authorities, the department was already aware of Coutts’ alcohol abuse. In March, Coutts had to sign a Conditions of Continued Employment contract over departmental concerns about her drinking. One of the conditions imposed by the contract was that Coutts couldn’t show up to work with any alcohol in her system.
Under Arizona’s DUI law, any person driving with a BAC of .20 or greater may be charged with “super extreme DUI.” A super extreme DUI conviction is punishable by a minimum sentence of 45 days in jail, $2,750 in fines, a minimum 90-day license suspension, and the installation of an ignition interlock system for at least a year.
The Tucson Police Department served Lynsey Coutts with her notice of termination on Tuesday afternoon. A civil service hearing for the termination is scheduled for May 29.