Officer Arrested for Excessive Force in DUI Arrest

Alcohol can change a person’s personality, at times making them silly and giddy, and at other times can make them verbally and sometimes physically abusive. Police have to deal with drunken drivers in all kinds of moods that alcohol brings on and at times, when they try to evade arrest after being caught driving drunk. There are times when an officer might go too far, as the LA Times reports in an incident where an officer was arrested for excessive force with a driver who was arrested for DUI.

An investigation into a Rocklin Police officer began last Sunday September 22, following an incident involving an unidentified suspect caught driving under the influence.

41-year-old Rocklin Police officer Brad Alford was taken into custody last Tuesday, September 24th and booked into jail. He is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm, assault under the color of authority, and filing a false police report.

Alford and other officers arrested the unidentified suspect and Alford used his baton in a manner that appeared to be excessive. Concerned fellow officers went to their superiors. Camera footage from body and patrol cameras revealed events which led Rocklin Police Chief Chad Butler to turn the footage over to the Placer County district attorney’s office for further investigation.

On September 24th, the DA’s office determine that Alford’s actions rose to a criminal level and they decided to press charges against the officer.

The victim was taken to the hospital and later released into police custody. He is charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and failure to yield.

It is unclear whether Alford has an attorney.

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