Tucson Policeman Charged with DUI After Crashing while on Duty

Tucson Policeman Charged with DUI After Crashing while on DutyA police officer in South Tucson was recently cited for driving under the influence after crashing into a parked car in a parking lot while still on duty in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 19, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

According to the media outlet, the Tucson Police Department was brought in to provide assistance in the investigation of Officer Alexander Yegorov, after the crash was reported at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, said Lieutenant Jeff Inorio, a spokesman for the South Tucson Police Department.

The police sergeant who was sent to the crash said he saw signs of intoxication in the on-duty police officer, and then informed the Tucson Police Department. Yegorov was then cited for driving under the influence and released, the news provider stated.

The South Tucson Police Department has initiated an administrative review of Yegorov, and has placed him on paid administrative leave until the investigation returns more results.

According to The Associated Press, it is unclear whether Yegorov has sought any legal representation in the matter.

A 15-year-old from Mesa was also arrested on Sunday for suspicion of driving while intoxicated after striking part of a gas station, the Tucson Citizen reports.

According to the news source, the teen allegedly crashed his 2008 Dodge pickup into a concrete pillar at the corner of Val Vista Drive and Broadway Road. Sergeant Ed Wessing stated the accident caused “extensive damage” to both the pillar and the truck, and damage was also done to some fuel pumps.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 5,489 alcohol-related crashes in Arizona in 2010, 210 of which resulted in fatalities. In total, 223 people were killed in such crashes, which injured another 3,724 people.