TEMPE, Ariz. — Dozens of pending DUI cases in Tempe reportedly may be
thrown out of court due to an officer’s misconduct.
Phoenix TV station KPHO reports that a veteran Tempe
policeman who’s on a specialized DUI squad now is on administrative leave.
KPHO says the officer remains on leave while an internal affairs investigation
continues and that could get his open DUI cases dismissed.
Lawyers say the arresting officer is a key in a DUI investigation and they have
to be available, especially if a judge requires it.
Tempe police and the city prosecutor’s office say some of the DUI cases have
been dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be refiled in the future
depending on the circumstances of each case.
Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/