Detroit Police Commander Hit Truck in Rear, Blood Alcohol Was Twice Over Limit
A Detroit high ranking cop had too much to drink when he slammed into another vehicle with his own patrol vehicle.
The Detroit Police Department says Commander Johnny Thomas, of the Third Precinct, rear-ended a silver pickup truck at 12:20 a.m. on Saturday. Thomas' blood alcohol content level was .182, almost twice the legal limit.
Thomas crashed his take-home vehicle into a car that was sitting at a red light.
Thomas was arrested when police arrived. Thomas' weapon was confiscated and he has been placed on restricted duty until an internal investigation is complete by the department, WXYZ News reports.
Both the commander's vehicle and the victim's pickup truck were towed to an evidence tech garage. Both airbags deployed.
According to the department, a warrant package was submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office for review.
The pickup truck driver was treated and released from Detroit Medical Center's Receiving Hospital.
Thomas formerly ran the police department's Professional Standards Section, or internal affairs. He has been a commander since 2013, and also worked at the Sixth Precinct.