Mar 23, 2010 6:53 AM by Bea Karnes & Jeannette Hynes
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Colorado State Trooper for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol in a patrol vehicle at 7:00 Monday morning. Trooper David Dolan was assigned to the Selections Unit out of Colorado Springs. The 48-year old is a 21-year veteran of the department. Dolan is now on unpaid administrative leave.
Witnesses saw Dolan driving erratically through Castle Rock on I-25 and called authorities. Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies pulled him over, handcuffed, and then arrested him. The deputies stopped Dolan on westbound C-470 at Platte Canyon.
"I am very concerned and disturbed regarding the events of this morning. The Colorado State Patrol takes any violation of law and/or policy seriously and we will move quickly and thoroughly through this administrative investigation. While any violation of law is serious, this alleged act is very concerning given the nature of the mission of the Colorado State Patrol. We have a 75 year history of combating impaired and drunken driving and are deeply committed to eradicating this senseless crime on our roads," said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.
"I am devastated to see a member of our organization escorted in handcuffs," Wolfinbarger adds.
Dolan was in uniform and on duty at the time of the incident. Wolfinbarger says he was on his way from Colorado Springs to the State Patrol training academy north of Castle Rock. He faces charges of DUI and prohibited use of a weapon. Dolan was out on bond Monday afternoon.
The Colorado State Patrol has launched an administrative investigation. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is conducting the criminal investigation.