published Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Red Bank studies allegation of preferential treatment given to government employee pulled over for DUI

The Red Bank Police Department is launching an internal affairs investigation to determine whether a police officer and a sergeant gave preferential treatment to another government employee who was pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk.

Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol was sent an anonymous email from a "concerned citizen" Monday detailing allegations that a police officer pulled over a woman who he determined was too intoxicated to drive.

The email further stated that a Red Bank police sergeant told the officer not to arrest her because she was affiliated with Hamilton County government.

Christol said Monday he had heard no report of the incident before the email, and he said he could not confirm whether it occurred.

"With any citizen complaint we'll initiate an investigation to determine if this happened, what the circumstances around it were, and who was involved," Christol said Monday.

Christol said he could not yet release the officers' names because he had "nothing to go on but the email at this point."

"We'll expedite the investigation because this is a very strong allegation of inappropriate conduct," he said. "We're not going to tolerate drunk driving."

Contact staff writer Kate Harrison at kharrison@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6673.

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nooga78 said...

First, I know these are only allegations at this point in time and I am willing to let the story run its course, but I hope this story does not go away. What is more, if this story is true then I hope this sergeant and the police officer are held accountable. When does this all end and people are actually trustworthy and moral?? When do we start treating people equally regardless of who they are? If we cannot even trust the police department, civil servants, to uphold basic values then who do we turn to?

December 13, 2011 at 3:54 p.m.
lookinfour said...

nooga78, this stuff happens all the time. Seriously. The difference is this time a complaint has been filed and now the Chief has to do something. As far as drinking and driving, not all, but many law enforcement extend favors to their colleagues. I guess its what they would call a professional courtesy. Not right, but it happens more than one would think.

December 13, 2011 at 7:41 p.m.
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