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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 2:04:48 PM

Back in September, Luke Lamb, 31, of Greenfield, IL, received a speeding ticket from an off-duty St. Louis County police officer whom he said he later saw order a bucket of beers and drink several of them in his presence, and then drove off in a patrol car. Lamb filed a complaint.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the police department spokesman said at the time that officers are allowed to use patrol cars and make traffic stops while not on duty. The department's policy does not allow officers to drink at all while on duty, but officers are bound by the same 0.08 percent blood alcohol limit as anyone else when driving off-duty.

Lamb said: "I'm accusing him of drinking and then driving a publicly owned squad car...

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vjs3
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 2:46:47 PM

Just amazing...
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CivicMA
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Message Posted: May 26, 2012 10:28:45 PM

When driving a cruiser, this policy is unconscionable!
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Message Posted: May 17, 2012 12:40:23 PM

Do as I say not what I do, you hear that kids
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Message Posted: May 15, 2012 10:32:53 PM

Awesome lol
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Message Posted: May 15, 2012 2:35:20 PM

WTF
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Message Posted: May 13, 2012 11:05:24 AM

k
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Message Posted: May 12, 2012 2:25:56 PM

I think the police department should have a policy (if they do not already) specifying what is appropriate behavior.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:36:53 PM

Make them start driving their personal vehicles to work and home if they are going to go to the bar after work.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 9:32:38 AM

You can find me in Saint Louieee!
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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 9:26:32 PM

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Message Posted: May 6, 2012 8:05:01 PM

Great double standard. Everyone, regardless of job, should get cited for driving after drinking.
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Message Posted: May 5, 2012 1:21:22 PM

not good
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Message Posted: May 5, 2012 11:41:07 AM

Don't know all the details. But it is crazy to have 2 sets of laws: one of the cops and one for everyone else!?!
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Message Posted: May 5, 2012 3:06:20 AM

Double standard.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2012 1:19:12 PM

If they are driving a state vehicle there should be a no tolerance, zero policy while driving any state owned vehicles
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 11:32:04 PM

Revenue generating punk PUKES!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 8:08:00 PM

Nice personnel policy. Try that in the private sector. Oh yeah, governments don't need to worry about covering the cost of lawsuits...
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 7:57:04 PM

If we want our children to look up to Police, is this the example we want Police to set?
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 5:29:18 PM

It clearly states in the article that the police officer is bound by the same rules as the rest of us: the 0.08% BAL
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:29:18 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:12:33 PM

See it more and more politicians, rich people, people in public service jobs are all allowed to get away with things none of the rest of us can.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:11:36 PM

Old news PD. Still wrong to drink any amount and then drive. There is some impairment after drink #1. Cops need to set a better example, especially while in their official city vehicles.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:10:28 PM

.."Remember when we expected police to set an example?.."-h*ll yeah, and they STILL should be required to set a fine example..this story just shows the undisputed fact that the united states is going to h*ll in a handbasket..

a terrorist is elected president..big brother has his eyes on you right now..and now this-police get to drive while drinking..

i fear for my children and grandchildren..
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:08:47 PM

A law for cops and a law for everyone else? Not right.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:07:52 PM

As you can see, cops get away with many thing the average person would end up in jail for.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:05:53 PM


This is yesterday's news item.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:05:36 PM

become a cop and see what really happens
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STUPID is as STUPID does!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:04:21 PM

ok
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Happy hour in the fuzz bucket
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:02:34 PM

How long is this going to be left up?
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:02:18 PM

Cops consider themselves above the laws. It's hard enough to get one charged with murder much less a traffic offense in his own jurisdiction.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:01:55 PM

Jail is not for cops, its for everyone else, except the rich.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:01:15 PM

Yesterdays news.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 3:00:58 PM

Do you really expect the cops to ticket one of their own. I don't.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:57:43 PM

Not a good idea - drive but no drinking.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:57:09 PM

Unbelievable.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:56:53 PM

It's scary, but I'm not at all surprised. Most of the police I've encountered feel they are above the law and exhibit behaviors proving it quite frequently.
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ok
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Never o.k.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:50:51 PM

Saw this yesterday. This is a scary headline and borderline irresponsible reporting.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:47:51 PM

This artical is really funny, because I more or less seen the same thing when I was younger when I worked in a gas station. This police officer pulled in for gas with his private car to gas up still in uniform minus is weapon got out of the car where he placed his gear open a cooler took out a beer, even asked if I wanted one. Got back in the car paid for the gas opened the bottle and drove off drinking openly. It seem they feel they are protected because a fellow brother would neither stop them or cite and report them whether it be in their town or not
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:47:31 PM

I had 28 years of law enforcement and we never took the squads home. (City of Green Bay). We went to the station for row call and area assignment. It was up to the supervisors to make sure you were N/A sober before hitting the streets. If not you were sent home and docked a days wages. The union agreed to this action. I didn't want an 'under the influence' officer backing me up nor did any one else.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:46:05 PM

IF THE POLICE ARE IN THEIR CARS, THATS ONE THING BUT THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE ANY BEER WHILE DRIVING A POLICE CAR. THAT WRONG.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:45:55 PM

crazy drivers
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:45:05 PM

Idiot
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:41:30 PM

That's just plain stupidity.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:38:50 PM

Typical bureaucratic hypocrisy!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:37:57 PM

only in missouri
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:31:16 PM

old news
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