Saturday, May 25, 2013
Alaska State Trooper Charged With DUI
See why it took two months to charge the trooper with driving under the influence. Police say he had an alcohol level more than five times the legal limit.
After two months of investigating, Alaska State Trooper Eric Burroughs, 44, has been charged with driving under the influence after hitting a truck and driving away.
According to charging documents both collisions happened on April 8. The first occurred when Burroughs was driving a state-owned vehicle off duty and struck a Chevrolet pick-up truck, then fled. Less than an hour later, Anchorage police say they found him at his home just blocks away and was seemingly passed out in the state-owned SUV he was driving.
“Most DUI cases, officers arrive on scene readily and are able to determine whether someone is under the influence of alcohol,” said John Skidmore, director of the Criminal Division with the Alaska Department of Law. “The charging documents in this case clearly indicates that they had some concerns about whether that was the case, so we had to take additional steps.”
Police say Burroughs was unable to complete a field sobriety test and was not arrested at the time because there was no probable cause.
“Officers did not detect an odor of alcohol and they didn’t see any alcohol containers in the vehicle. Those are two of the sorts of things you might look for in a DUI investigation,” said Skidmore.
Burroughs was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center instead, and nearly four hours later was given a blood alcohol test after a search warrant was issued.
“He did not receive special treatment because he’s law enforcement. He did not receive special treatment because he was an employee of the state,” said Skidmore.
The trooper has not returned to work since the incident and remains on paid administrative leave. His pre-trial is set for July 11.