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September 03, 2011
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Video: Officer filmed drinking off-duty prompts questions

Ill. man filmed officer drinking, then driving patrol car, after officer ticketed him earlier in day

By PoliceOne Staff

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The St. Louis County Police is facing questions from the community after a man - upset after he was ticketed by an off-duty police officer - recorded that officer drinking and then driving his patrol car.

After being ticketed on August 20, Luke Lamb encountered the officer later that evening drinking at a mixed martial arts event. He filmed the officer, then confronted him in the parking lot outside the bar, at which point the officer drove away.

A County Police spokesperson told that there is no written policy against what the officer did, so long as his BAC is under the legal limit. The department's "Countywide Resident Officer Program" allows officers to take their patrol cars home and drive them off-duty.

Watch the video below, and voice your opinion in the comments below - is it appropriate for an off-duty officer to drink in public while driving his patrol?


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