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Feb 3, 2014 12:05 PM by Nathan O'Neal

On-duty UAPD officer arrested for 'Super Extreme DUI' after crashing into wall

TUCSON - A University of Arizona police officer was arrested and released Saturday evening for a Super Extreme DUI after he crashed a marked patrol vehicle while on-duty into a wall near Speedway Blvd. and Interstate-10.

According to law enforcement, UAPD Sgt. John McGrath, 27, showed symptoms of impairment following the crash. McGrath was charged with a "Super Extreme DUI", which occurs when a suspect has a .20 Blood Alcohol Content or higher.

According to Tucson Police Sgt. Pete Dugan, no one was injured in the single-vehicle accident.

McGrath was charged and released. In addition to four DUI charges, McGrath was also cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage.

The patrol vehicle was towed and will remain impounded for at least 30 days, in accordance with state law.

According to UAPD Sgt. Filbert Barrera, McGrath has been with the department since 2009 and was promoted to sergeant more than a year ago.

McGrath also served concurrently with the Arizona Army National Guard and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

McGrath has since been placed on investigative suspension. UAPD is cooperating with the investigation.

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