Wheelchair video to be released

The dash-cam video showing an Albemarle Police cruiser striking wheelchair pedestrian Gerry Mitchell is set to be released at 4pm today, according to Albemarle County Police spokesperson Lt. John Teixeira.

According to Charlottesville officials, the video will show that Gerry Mitchell failed to heed a pedestrian signal showing a red hand– a universal symbol for "don't walk"– when he entered the West Main Street crosswalk near the Main Street Market on the morning of November 5. Mitchell proceded into the intersection because the traffic signal in front of him showed green.

As detailed in a Hook cover story, Albemarle County Police Officer Greg C. Davis, turning left from Fourth Street onto West Main, hit the rear of Mitchell's wheelchair, throwing him into the street. The police outlined their version of events in a controversial three-page memo penned on December 12 by Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo and sent to City Council.

On January 3, charges against Mitchell were officially dropped, but not because the police admitted wrongdoing. Instead, according to City Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman, the charges were dropped for a technicl reason: the law refers only to pedestrian signals using the actual words "walk" and "don't walk," not to signals using symbols.

The video also purportedly shows Officer Davis and a witness lifting Mitchell back into his chair, an act Mitchell has said resulted in serious injury to one of his shoulders. Mitchell, who has suffered from HIV/AIDS for 26 years, was treated in the UVA Hospital emergency room the day of the accident, then readmitted the following day in renal failure, something he believes was triggered by the blow to his back. He was stabilized and released several days later, but reentered the hospital on New Year's Day and remains hospitalized in severe pain with swelling in his joints, according to his younger brother, Corky Mitchell. This most recent health setback caused Mitchell to miss his First Friday opening at the Mudhouse on the Downtown Mall, where his paintings will hang through the month of January.

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JohnJ, during the New Years holiday season the media (Channel 29 TV) reported on drunk drivers taken off the road. In speaking with police and sheriff's departments in 11 cities and counties across Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, only 1 drunk driver was arrested. Is this what you wanted to see? Damn, most cops worth the salt in their bread could have stumbled across 1 drunk driver without even going out and looking for him/her. Pretty pathetic, isn't it?

Officer Greg C. Davis charged with reckless driving due to the callous lack of attention when he struck Gerry Mitchell with his police cruiser, convicted and fined would satisfy me in this particular case. Mostly! A jury awarding damages to Mr. Mitchell would further satisfy me, and the illusive public apology, to Mr. Mitchell from Officer Davis, would also restore a modicum of faith in our local not-so-finest. A modest modicum at best!!!

Well, face it JohnJ, at least the trooper gave the other cop a ticket. 137 mph in a 60 mph zone, a cop who thought he was above the law. This doesn't happen in 99% of the cases when a cop is stopped by another cop anywhere in this nation. Just because the trooper didn't take the other cop in for purposes of bond or to jail doesn't mean he wasn't out there doing his job! To go one step further, I can produce the trooper who was enroute to the scene where an off duty Charlottesville cop crashed his personal car at 5th Streeet and I-64 after leading his own department on a high speed pursuit. The trooper would say he would have definitely placed charges had the cop not been removed from the scene by other cops before he arrived. And don't ever forget the Virginia State Troopers who did in fact issue tickets to numerous out of state cops speeding through Virginia at 90, 100 and 110 mph while they were on the way to National Peace Officer's Memorial Day in Washington, D.C. a few years ago. Out of state cops attending the yearly ceremony now know to slow the hell down while in Virginia or face the consequences. They know that Virginia State Troopers do not feel they are above the law while speeding excessively in Virginia. There was also a big stink about Virginia State Troopers stopping numerous cops running through Virginia with their lights and sirens on while returning home after helping in Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina). The out of state cops had no business running 90 mph and 100 mph on the way home. They weren't above the law. I believe an Augusta County deputy sheriff also stopped some of them too after receiving numerous complaints from the public. From the amount of the calls coming into the Augusta Cunty Sheriff's Office at the time the cops must have really been showing their butts big time out on the public highway. As I have said before, cops do as they damn well please on the public highways. And they endanger law abiding citizens in the process.

Here's one I can't pass up on, he is a DUI enforcement officer.

January 1, 2008

Pickens City South Carolina DUI Enforcement Police Officer Rocky Simmons Arrested, Charged After Drunken New Year's Eve Wreck In Patrol Car

PICKENS, SOUTH CAROLINA - A Pickens City Police Officer has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence on New Year's Eve.

Patrol Officer Rocky Simmons was arrested after he crashed his patrol car into a ditch along Zion Church Road in Anderson County, according to Ln. Cpl. Kathy Hiles of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Simmons did not sustain any injuries in the wreck.

According to the Pickens City Police Department website, Simmons beat consist of road patrols and DUI Enforcement.

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In other words, "Don't do as I do, do as I say!" :)

Recall my saying above drunk driving by cops is not an isolated event anywhere in this nation. Same day the cop above crashed while drunk.....

January 12, 2008

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - An off-duty Sacramento sheriff's deputy was arrested Saturday morning for drunken driving.

The arrest was witnessed by a Bee reporter on a ridealong with the California Highway Patrol. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran confirmed the arrest, but could not confirm the deputy's name and declined to comment further.

About 2:45 a.m. Saturday, CHP Sgt. John Koon spotted Daniel Rouse, 22, driving erratically as he was taking the ramp onto eastbound Highway 50 from southbound Capital City Freeway.

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January 11, 2008

MARION, ILLINOIS ¢Ã¢â??¬” Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati said Friday morning at a press conference he was ¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??shocked¢Ã¢â??¬ that county deputy Shaunn Curry was not arrested and charged with DUI by the state police after reading a report forwarded to him Jan. 7 by District 13 Commander Michael Irwin.

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January 10, 2008

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS - The Williamson County Deputy who crashed his vehicle on the evening of December 26th faces more charges in connection with the accident.

Sergeant Shaunn Curry already faced charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to obey a traffic device. Now, the Williamson County State's Attorney's office has filed DUI charges against Curry after reviewing all of the investigative reports.

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SPEED & DRUNK

January 9, 2008

KILDEER, ILLINOIS - A Kildeer police officer was placed on administrative leave Monday morning pending an investigation into charges she was driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend, officials said.

Suzan Jackson, 42, of unincorporated McHenry County near Lakemoor was driving 101 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone on U.S. Highway 12, just south of Illinois Highway 134 near Fox Lake, Saturday just after midnight, Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Thompson said.

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Surprise, Surprise! Here's why you don't get to read about cops who crash while drunk, or those who get pulled over while drunk:

December 27, 2008

Veteran Burlington Vermont Police Officer Sgt. Don Lilja Quits After His Drunk Driving Stop Was Covered Up By Colchester Police

BURLINGTON, VERMONT - A veteran Burlington police officer has resigned after confirming that he received special treatment when he was stopped for suspected drunk driving by a Colchester cop. It is the latest development in a potential police scandal that had been unconfirmed allegations until Tuesday.

For at least two weeks rumors have circulated that a Colchester officer gave an off-duty Burlington officer a special break unavailable to other motorists pulled over for driving under the influence. Since then, Burlington police and Colchester police have said only that the matter is under internal investigation in both departments. Tuesday's resignation confirms that the rumors were true.

Sick Of The Local Rambos,
In your original post you said that NBC29 said that one DUI arrest was made over the New Years Holiday. Do you know what the period of time was? Was it New Years Eve and New Years Day? Do you know if 29 reported the circustances of the one arrest? Was it because of an accident? I agree with you that one DUI over New Years in 11 local jurisdictions is pathetic.

Professional antagonist.

"Well, golly, gee whiz, shazamm! The Virginia State Police are the best of the best. They always do their job. NBC 29 might not have contacted them? That would be my first guess. Glad to hear somebody was out there doing their job!"

weren't you just complaining that a Trooper didn't arrest a Norfolk cop for driving 137 MPH?

SOTLR,

What is your chosen profession, how do you earn a living?

Is there any logical reason that you can't clealy see I am a professional antagonist?

I fed at the public trough. And unlike most, I can tell you the truth right up front. It was never about helping people or making a difference in the community. It was about doing as little as possible and having my paycheck handed to me at the end of each pay period. And all of the employees I worked with pretty much felt the same way. Except all of them tried to get as much overtime on their checks as they possibly could. I hated overtime with a passion. I have family, friends and a life. I never volunteered for any overtime whatsoever.

OK, is that what you wanted to hear? :)

I'm sure ya'll recall a pedestrian being killed by a police vehicle in Albemarle County not long ago. Why couldn't the county police do the right thing like other agencies do?

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January 11, 2008

LOUISBURG, NORTH CAROLINA ¢Ã¢â??¬” Taxpayers will cover funeral costs for a pedestrian stuck and killed by a Franklin County sheriff deputy's vehicle.

On New Year's Eve, Marcus Coppedge was crossing N.C. Highway 39 in Ingleside when he was struck by a car driven by Deputy Crystal Mitchell. Coppedge's mother witnessed the accident and held the 23-year-old as he died on the roadway.

The county Board of Commissioners met behind closed doors Monday night to discuss a potential lawsuit against Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green in the wake of the accident.

At the meeting, Green asked that the county pay more than $7,800 to cover funeral expenses for Coppedge. The commissioners voted unanimously to pay for the funeral with money from the general fund.

¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??The family is not able to pay the funeral expenses. I'm the sheriff of the county and was elected by people, and based on the circumstances, this is the right thing to do,¢Ã¢â??¬ Green said.

I'm on a roll now. This shows how stupid some cops are. A political candidate runs unopposed and a 18 year veteran deputy risks his job by stealing campaign signs. Can you say DUH!

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CAROLINE COUNTY, VIRGINIA - A veteran Caroline deputy was arrested by his own department yesterday after being accused of stealing a campaign sign belonging to an unopposed county supervisor.

Deputy C.M. Bridges, an 18-year member of the Sheriff's Office, was charged with petty larceny, sheriff's Maj. Michael Hall said. He was released on a personal recognizance bond and will be arraigned today in Caroline General District Court.

Kevin, I agree with everything you say. And I might add the only reason the Albemarle cops released the video is because it does show a red Don't Walk signal as Mitchell is halfway across the street. They think this clears them of any fault and liability I guess. But I still say if there's 15 Don't Walk signs 30 feet tall, you still don't run over a pedestrian in a wheelchair. Or any other pedestrian for that matter. It's too bad "My Humps" was playing so loudly in the police car, we might have have been able to hear what the cop really said about why the vehicular assault took place.

Watching the video, it's no surprise Mr. Mitchell has shoulder problems now. I realize it's instinctive when you see a guy lying in the middle of the road to help him up, but any police officer should've known better. It's also weird that you can just barely hear the music until after the officer gets out of the car.

Hey Crazy, who do you think I am?

(This ought to be good! :) )

I stand by my original statement too. 1 DUI arrest in a combined 11 cites and counties is pathetic. And just in case you didn't know it, federal grants pay cops overtime to work special DUI and enforcements assignments. It has nothing to do with the regulart shift being tied up answering routine calls.

I understand that some unfortunate events involving local police have happened this past year. My only question is why only the negative aspects have been highlighted by the media. I personally would like to see a story on all of the guns, drugs, drunk drivers, and violent felons that were taken off the streets in 2007.

By no means am I saying to stop reporting the way you have. I just feel the need to see some variety in the news. Most of the time what you see from one media outlet is repeated by all the other.

As for Mr. Mitchell's case, I wasn't there so I'm not taking sides but I do wish him health and happiness in the years to come!

I don't know where 29 news got their information but I know for a fact that the VA state police on new years eve evening shift covering greene, nelson, and albemarle made 4 dui arrests with 3 troopers.

Well, golly, gee whiz, shazamm! The Virginia State Police are the best of the best. They always do their job. NBC 29 might not have contacted them? That would be my first guess. Glad to hear somebody was out there doing their job! :)

How could Davis not be negligent when it is obvious Mitchell was not speeding in his wheelchair? Do they have a video like this for officer Greenwood who killed a pedestrian? I would be curious to hear if she sounded her horn or was she distracted like Davis???

Truth In Lies, I would love to see a video from Flaherty's police Jeep too, the night he jumped out and showed his butt on the side of the road with Silva & Austin. I wonder if a tape exists in that case as well?

Thinking out loud again... what is the purpose of having video and audio in a cop car if the AM/FM radio is going to be turned up so loud as to drown out what the microphone the cop is wearing picks up? I assume the county cop car video/audio systems have a microphone located on the cop somewhere? Otherwise the audio portion of the system is next to useless.

Hey, that raises another good question. I wonder if the cop who ran over Mitchell was given a drug or alcohol test? I bet any civilian running over Mitchell would have been subjected to testing.

Is it policy for the police to always administer a sobriety test in any accident involving injury? I would think that there would have to be probable cause, such as the smell of alcohol or behavior that would indicate drug or alcohol use. My guess, just a guess, is that it's not unusual to forego testing if there is no indication that the person or persons involved were intoxicated. I don't think there was any indication that Officer Davis was intoxicated and so I don't think that not testing him was anything unusual. I think he hit Gerry Mitchell because he was negligent and not paying attention to driving. Maybe some would say that's enough to require a test. SOTLR you do bring up a good point and I am curious to know if there is a policy that might have required testing him.

¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??Well, golly, gee whiz, shazamm! The Virginia State Police are the best of the best. They always do their job. NBC 29 might not have contacted them? That would be my first guess. Glad to hear somebody was out there doing their job!¢Ã¢â??¬

SOTLR,

That story I did see....I did also see an awful lot of cars parked outside of the bars left overnight. Maybe alot of people did pay attention to those ads the state police ran on TV.

"Damn, most cops worth the salt in their bread could have stumbled across 1 drunk driver without even going out and looking for him/her. Pretty pathetic, isn't it?"

Why not just say it's sad that only one drunk driving arrest was made? Do you have some sort of personal gripe with law enforcement?

And no that wasn't the statistics I was looking for, I was referring to all of the 2007 calendar year.

"SOTLR, do you have some sort of personal gripe with law enforcement?"

Ahh......... yes. Can't you tell by my user name? :)

Let me show you why, see story below. Cops giving other cops special treatment and refusing to release the details as to why they get special treatment. You think this is an isolated event? Think again. We had a local off duty Charlottesville police officer lead his own department on a high speed pursuit in which he wrecked his personal car at the conclusion of the pursuit. Cops aren't out here protecting us. They endanger us. And they run over us in crosswalks. Now, here's the story.....

January 4, 2008

A Norfolk police officer was clocked going 77 miles over the speed limit, and only received a ticket.

State Police say they caught Officer John Minnott whiz by on I-464 last month in his personal car, an Infiniti, traveling at 137 miles per hour.

¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??It's very shocking for any person to go that speed,¢Ã¢â??¬ said Sgt. Allen Williams of Virginia State Police.

In an unusual move, State Police are withholding many details of the case, concerned about creating tension between their department and Norfolk police, but court documents show the 37-year-old was not arrested and booked.

Instead, he was given a ticket. Williams would only speak generally about how someone going that fast could avoid jail.

¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??It's up to the discretion of the police officer or trooper,¢Ã¢â??¬ he said. ¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??Not everyone going in excess of 100 miles per hour is going to be arrested. It all depends on the circumstances.¢Ã¢â??¬

For Norfolk police, it is the second recent traffic citation for an officer in a month. Just after Christmas, Cliss Bynum was charged with driving under the influence.

He was placed on administrative duty, but Minnott faces no consequences on the police force because he was not arrested.

That may change later this month when Minnott answers to his reckless driving charge. In the meantime, the patrol officer, who's been with Norfolk Police for two years, is still working the streets.

Just saw the video on several TV stations. Doesn't change my mind one bit. Put me on the jury if Mitchell sues!!!

If a person can't see something as big as a wheelchair bound man in front of them, they have no business driving a 4,500+ pound car on the public highways! The video clearly shows that the cop's view was not obstructed by the laptop at least. But it makes you wonder if the cop is blind or if he was telling the truth the first time, when he said he was looking down and not paying attention to where he was going!

And where was that funky music playing, in the police car? Sounds like something you would hear at some kids pajama party sleepover.

Maybe cops have too many distractions in their cars? AM-FM radios. Laptops. Cell phones. Some probably have PSP, Nintendo DS, and Game Boys in their cars. Some people can't chew bubble gum and walk at the same time ya know! :)

¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??It's up to the discretion of the police officer or trooper,¢Ã¢â??¬ he said. ¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??Not everyone going in excess of 100 miles per hour is going to be arrested. It all depends on the circumstances.¢Ã¢â??¬

I'll admit that this is absolutely ridiculous. Probably a poor judgment call by the Trooper but it seems to me that the real problem is the administration in Norfolk.

"He was placed on administrative duty, but Minnott faces no consequences on the police force because he was not arrested."

Fired? Maybe, Maybe not. I definitely feel that he should have had some unpaid time to reflect on his actions and posibly an evaluation period to ensure he maintains "good behavior".

Maybe the judge will give him a couple days in jail to think about it...

Re-thinking it, his license should be suspended for speeds that high right? I guess he should lose his job unless they have foot patrols.

I still don't hold it against all cops. I was in the USMC (Infantry) where we were bred to practice the core values of "Honor, Courage, and Commitment" and above all to maintain your integrity. Let me tell you there were more than a handful of guys I wish weren't watching my back in Iraq. There were still far more that I did trust and still consider family. Law Enforcement has to be a similar institution.

Exactly. Since the driver was turning left when he hit Mitchell, what the crosswalk symbol said is irrelevant.
I can't believe they are refusing to apologize to Mitchell, as I read in this week's Hook.

The police officer drove into the intersection and Gerry Mitchell when the light on 4th St. turned green. That light would still have turned green at the same time even if the walk signal had been activated. The walk signal had no role in this accident.

The driver didn't see Gerry Mitchell in time to avoid him so I don't see how he could have seen the walk signal. Anyway, it wouldn't have mattered if the driver had seen the walk light. A don't walk signal doesn't give a driver a free pass to run into people.

Even if Mitchell was dancing naked in the street with a digital camera while taking pictures of the Don't Walk hand signal, you don't run over a pedestrian. And if you can't see something as big as a 275 pound man wheelchair bound man in a crosswalk you have no business drving a 4,500 pound car on the public highways. It's that simple.

Seems as if the Albemarle cops think the videotape will save their hides. If Mr. Mitchell sues, please put me on the jury. :)

Any civilian caught in Virginia doing 137 mph in a 60 mph zone would go to jail at both the time of the traffic stop (until bonded) and would most definitely go to jail at trial. And they would most likely would have their driver's license suspended for anywhere from 60 days to 6 months minimum. I will follow this case and let you know what the judge does.

The point is.... cops get out here on the public roadways and do as they damn well please. The laws don't apply to them, they are above the law. The Norfolk example is just one of a thousand nationwide I could have pulled out of my hat in recent months. (I googled the Norfolk event this morning after a state trooper told me about it.)

Look around you in Charlottesville alone. They run over pedestrians in crosswalks and not a damn thing is done. Who would do anything? The police obviously won't police themselves. They've made that quite clear. You have a police spokesperson who was fired years ago (and rehired) making up 1,001 excuses why the accident wasn't the cop's fault. Nothing he says impresses me much anyway, based on his own background. And then for the cops to jump out and arrest Silva & Austin after a police Jeep almost runs over, and to ticket Mitchell when a police car does run over him, just icing on the cake as to the local police flaunting they are above the law. It's just like Debbie Wyatt said somewhere, any civilian that ran over Mitchell in a crosswalk would most certainly have been charged... with the reasoning being of letting the court sort it out. But cops aren't charged so as to let the court sort it out. But feel free to keep on placing as much faith in the local police chiefs as you want. As soon as a good friend or family member of yours is raped by the local cops you'll change your tune. :)

The music acoustics is not all that weird. The front left door speaker is down at the driver's left knee area on a Crown Victoria. Once the door is opened the driver's leg is not blocking it from bouncing around the car and reaching the cam microphone I guess. If the music was coming from the police car in the first place. Had the cop been listening to "Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer", maybe this crash wouldn't have happened? :)

And yes, the police academies used to teach officers better than to move injured people.... unless the injured party absolutely had to be moved. The cop needs to sentenced to about 500 hours of community service and ride with rescue squad personnel to fulfill it. He'll know better next time.

The music gets louds when the officer turns his lights on. The mic inside the car comes on when the lights are activated. Don't trust what Sick Of The Local Rambos says about anything. If he is who I think he is then he just holds a grudge because he falsely thinks he was treated improperly by the local police. He thinks it is pathetic that local police only arrested one person on new years for DUI but I bet he didn't think that the local understaffed departments were to busy answering calls for service to even think about enforcing traffic laws. He is the one that is pathetic. Sick Of The Local Rambos GET A LIFE!!!!!

I do not know the time frame involved, Kevin. Even if it was just a 6 or 8 hour period, 1 arrest in 11 jurisdictions is unacceptable. The police use the excuse that perhaps everybody is finally obeying the law. Sure they are. Everybody except the cops who are running over people in crosswalks. :)

come on, humor me!

ok, so you're retired... what did you do to pay the bills before becoming a "professional antagonist"?

Kevin, no, I don't think it's policy that a civilian driver undergo drug and alcohol testing simply because an injury took place during a simple accident (or in this case, vehicular assault). Maybe in a case like the cement truck turning over and killing the young lady recently drug and alcohol testing would be required. Or in the case where a local wrecker crashed in Culpeper resulting in fatalities it would also be required. But anyhow, back to the point, some police departments and sheriff's departments will require an officer or deputy to undergo drug and alcohol testing whenever a civilian is injured or killed in performance of their duties. I don't know what policy Charlottesville or Albemarle has in place right now. I'm not sure they would even answer the question once it's posed to them. It only makes sense though that they would have such a policy in place to protect themselves. You also have to remember, the departments involved here most likely had no idea this event would even make news and come under such close public scrutiny. Maybe they were hoping it would go unnoticed since the Silva/Austin stink had just been made public a short time before this. Which brings up another question too, was a media release even given out in the Mitchell case? I knew about Mitchell getting run over a long time before the media reported it, and the source that told me about it gave me the impression no media release ever took place. Thinking out loud, I also wonder now if any type of media release was made when Flaherty almost ran over Silva and Austin. Maybe some retired cop could muster up enough nerve to answer some of these questions. Or perhaps the city manager or county executive would answer them under pressure?

SOTLR, I wouldn't think you'd be so naive as to expect the police to tell the news media bad news about themselves.

I don't believe for a second that the release of the video from Davis' car was something they really wanted to do. They were pressured and the threat was growing. I do think that they could legally have withheld the video; it surprised me that it was released. It may have been an attempt to "spin" the story that backfired because the video shows so clearly what happened.

There was no media release on the Mitchell incident or the other wheelchair case that happened a month later when another person in a wheelchair was struck and then ticketed. The only reason the Mitchell case made The Hook is because someone with firsthand knowledge called a reporter. Once that was in The Hook someone told me about the other case and I called The Hook.

I think that the Silva/Austin case also made the news because someone called a reporter.

If you hear of something that you think should be reported, call The Hook. They may not be interested but then again, they might agree with you and report it. They're easy to contact and willing to listen.

The only news that the local governments, including the elected officials, are interested in is news that makes them look good. There are some reporters and news outlets that allow themselves to be spoonfed good news and never look for themselves or even follow up on tips. Contacting some of the so-called reporters in Charlottesville is so hard that I've given up on many of them. It as though a story involving local government must first have the stamp of approval from the government before they'll even think about reporting it. Consequently, a lot of stories that should be covered are ignored or inaccurately covered.

In the past I found news items in the Daily Progress' paid classifed ads, the "legals" that the government is required to run. I then called a reporter at The Daily Progress who hadn't read their own newspaper, and then they covered the story.

Hello Granite Top. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Thank You!

Hey, check this out... the ole "Don't do as I do, do as I say" motto in the cop shoppes. Take special notice of the last line! (It's not an isolated incident anywhere in this nation, most simply don't get caught or crash while drunk)

Jan. 12, 2008 12:00 AM

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Glendale police have recommended that a Phoenix officer be prosecuted on aggravated assault and other charges stemming from an off-duty motorcycle crash in which he is suspected of driving drunk.

Glendale police determined that Phoenix Officer Mike Rogers, a 16-year member of the force, registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.219 percent, said Sgt. Jim Toomey, a Glendale police spokesman.

That's well above the 0.15 percent level that, under Arizona law, is considered extreme driving under the influence, Toomey said Wednesday.

Rogers, who has spent much of his law-enforcement career targeting drunken drivers.....