Investigators say Detroit Police Commander arrested was "super drunk"
(WJBK) - Detroit Police Chief James Craig reacting to the arrest of one of his top cops, expressing deep disappointment.
“It’s troubling when any member violates the law, but what’s key is taking swift action,” Chief Craig said.
Over the weekend, Commander Johnny Thomas was arrested for drinking and driving and causing an accident.
“When you’re at the rank of commander you’re held to a very high standard at this police department so accountability is critical for me,” Chief James Craig said.
Police say Thomas had a blood alcohol content of .18, which is more than twice the legal limit. He was considered to be “super drunk” when he slammed his city car into the back of another car at a red light near Mack and St. Antoine a little after midnight Saturday morning.
“He’s remorseful, we’re moving forward with an internal investigation,” he said.
The driver of the other car was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. Thomas has since been placed on restricted duty, and has been charged with operating while impaired and with possession of a firearm while under the influence.
“He’s not performing the duties associated of a commander right now,” he said.
The arresting officers were out of 3rd precinct, the same precinct Thomas commands.
“We applaud the officers for the courage to do something, it takes a lot of courage.” Chief Craig said.
Craig says Thomas’s punishment will be decided in the next few days.
“He could be terminated certainly, he could be demoted, he could opt for retirement, the investigation is very early right now,” he said.