On November 20, officer Leopold Louis was arrested on DUI charges while he was behind the wheel of a marked police vehicle.
“This officer placed the public in danger in the same vehicle that the community has entrusted as a symbol of protection,” said police director Alfredo Ramirez in a statement. “I will not tolerate any representative of the Miami-Dade Police Department to jeopardize the community’s trust.” Via NBCMiami.com
It appears as if Louis’ five-year career as a police officer is in jeopardy, as he has been suspended with pay at the present time.
Louis was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of North 20th Avenue and Polk Street. When Louis was apprehended by authorities, his blood alcohol content level was almost three times the legal limit. He was not able to maintain his balance when he exited the police vehicle.
The 42-year-old is being detained at the Broward main jail, where his bond was set at $1,000. He’s being charged with a few counts of misdemeanor DUI, as well as improper backing up, and leaving an accident with an unattended vehicle without leaving identification.
Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that anyone was seriously injured in the accident, but the attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath will continue to follow this developing story. If you or someone you love is wronged on the road, please call us at (561) 655-1990.