Posted: May 22, 2012 5:28 PM
Updated: May 22, 2012 6:39 PM
TUCSON - A four-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department was arrested this morning after a DUI test revealed she was driving to work with a BAC of 0.235, nearly three times the legal limit.
Coutts was scheduled to begin work at 9 a.m. this morning, but called a supervisor at about 9:20 a.m., saying she was driving fast on Interstate 10 and was in fear of colliding with other vehicles on the roadway, the release states. The supervisor convinced Coutts to exit the freeway and pull over. She did, and police personal responded to the Avra Valley I-10 exit.
According to the TPD release, Department of Public Safety officers also responded and conducted a DUI investigation. Tucson Police officers conducted a Preliminary Breath Test that revealed Coutts had a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.235, nearly three times the legal limit.
DPS personnel placed her under arrest for various charges associated with Driving Under the Influence, the release states.
Since March 2012, Officer Lynsey Coutts has been subject to a Conditions of Continued Employment contract to address concerns about her use of alcohol, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department.
Because she violated a condition of her March 2012 employment contract, Coutts was served with a Notice of Intent to Terminate this afternoon, the release states. The Civil Service Hearing relating to her termination is scheduled for May 29, 2012.
"The Tucson Police Department treats all allegations of criminal acts or misconduct by employees as serious, especially criminal acts or misconduct occurring while employees are on-duty," the TPD release states. "Ms. Coutts' actions are not representative of the nearly 1400 men and women of the Tucson Police Department who serve their community with integrity and put their lives on the line each day."
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