On a whole, society tends to hold law enforcement officers above the rest of the public. Expects them to be somehow more than human when it comes to committing crimes. When they are accused, however, it almost always makes the news and the local, if not the national, community will know about it. The Tribune reports on a California Highway Patrol officer who has pleaded guilty of DUI but remains on the job.
Gary Edward Dana, who is a 15-year veteran with the California Highway Patrol, was arrested by a fellow officer after showing up to work with signs of intoxication in July.
On Tuesday, Dana pleaded no contest to driving under the influence, but he will remain on duty pending an administrative review. He will have to spend two days in jail and undergo three years of supervised probation. He will also have to pay a $2,415 fine. All of this comes after Dana’s blood-alcohol content was found to be 0.14, which is nearly twice the legal limit in California.
Probation conditions for Dana include that he cannot drive with a BAC of higher than .00. He must also submit to a chemical alcohol test on demand if requested by any law enforcement or probation officer. He must also complete a 3-month DUI program.
Dana has been reassigned to an administrative position pending the administrative review. CHP spokesperson Jordan Richards said that moving Dana to an administrative position had nothing to do with Dana’s plea.
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