Officer Trains Other Officers by Driving Drunk


A Georgia police officer was demoted and placed on probation after he took to the road drunk to train another officer in DUI investigations.

Josh Harkins, an eight year veteran of the Floyd County Police Department, got permission from a superior officer to train a rookie officer who needed training in DUI investigation. What Harkins failed to tell his superiors was that the training involved him getting drunk and hitting the road to simulate a DUI stop.

Harkins, who was off-duty at the time, had the officer and her training officer arrive at his home around 12:15 a.m. on May 16th. An intoxicated Harkins drove his personal vehicle down the country road so that the rookie could initiate a DUI stop. During the training, a preliminary alcohol screening breathalyzer showed that Harkins’ blood alcohol content was most likely a 0.11 or 0.12 percent. After the training was over, Harkins was told not to drive. He, however, got back in his vehicle and drove home.

The police captain found out that Harkins was under the influence and notified the police chief. Harkins was not fired because, according to the police chief, Harkins’ “intentions were to better train and properly prepare a new officer for patrol and that he “benefited in no way from this incident.”

Apparently, Harkins was no different than many DUI suspects that he pulls over. He too believed that he did not believe that he was impaired when he performed the “training.”

Why wasn’t Officer Harkins treated like anyone else who drinks and drives? Why wasn’t he arrested on the spot? Why wasn’t he arrested for DUI at all?

According to Fox 5 I-Team, the police chief said, “There wasn’t a state-administered chemical test given to have enough evidence to take to court.”

If the training was done properly, as Harkins had intended, shouldn’t there have been a state-administered chemical test so that it would be admissible in court?

Instead, an officer gets away with driving drunk when, had it been any other member of the public, they’d be facing DUI charges.

 

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2 Responses to Officer Trains Other Officers by Driving Drunk

  1. Karl says:

    Since my DUI- the first and only, that has so far ruined my life- I’ve discovered a constant thread: Cops, more than maybe any other occupation, are guilty DUI offenses- but only recently, thanks to dash cams, have they been caught in the act. I have yet to see or hear of a defense laywer even mention the fact that the arresting officer was himself, in fact, drunk or impaired? But there are plenty of drunk cops arresting people on YouTube, so think about that if you are pulled over for DUI, or anything?

  2. Karl says:

    Speaking of the sickness of the hypocrisy in this sick country? Senator Nathan Hale (R), Montana, said that ‘drinking and driving is a way of life in America’. He said that ‘DUI laws are not only destroying the way of life in America’, but that bars in rural Montana have ‘become ghost towns’ due to DUI laws. By the way- Mr. Hale owns a bar in Montana. Did he vote for those same DUI laws hoping not only to keep his bar patrons drunk, while also cashing in on DUI revenue for his state? Find out for yourself.

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