A video of a police officer, who was caught driving under the influence while on duty, has gone viral. It has since been reported that the metro cop has been suspended and that he was also accused of nearly knocking a motorcyclist over and threatening bystanders.
In a recent article by MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert highlights what motorists should do in the event of an encounter with a drunk officer.
“Immediately call the police. If that person is around police officers who have not already removed the driver from the road, rather call in someone with a fresh perspective on the situation. Do not get angry with the call centre or the new officer, it is not their fault. Simply state that you saw a suspected drunk driver endangering people around them. Stress the urgency of the situation to them.
“Once you call the police, remove yourself from danger. If you are on the road still, put a healthy distance between yourself and always have an escape route should they catch up to you at a traffic light. If you are stationary, as in the video, still keep your distance. Intoxicated individuals cannot be reasoned with. They can be easily angered and this unlikely to help you achieve your ultimate aim which is to get them off the road.”