A police officer in Thornton, Colo., attempted to prevent a colleague’s arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol as a “professional courtesy,” the Denver Post says. Officer Matthew Cabot, 33, was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy Adams County for failing to use a turn signal. Cabot, who was off duty, was leaving a bar at 1:45 a.m.
The deputy was giving Cabot a roadside alcohol test when Thornton police Sgt. David Boal, 41, also off duty, pulled up in a car and urged the deputy to extend a “professional courtesy” and let Cabot go because a DUI would be “career ending.” The deputy told Boal “there is no professional courtesy for DUI.”
When Boal refused to return to his car, he was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor. Cabot was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Thornton Police Chief Jim Nursey said the two have been suspended with pay.